When it comes to
walking there is a lot more going on then you might think. After all for humans
as long as we have a pair of working legs, we can pretty much walk. We don’t
always do it with as much precision as we would like, as anyone who has hit the
pavement with their face instead of the bottom of their sneaker can attest to,
but we can walk.
For a robot however legs are not enough. They have to learn to do something
that we do innately. They have to figure out the best way, or at least a
functional way to get from point A to point B. This task, known as path
planning, is tricky for robots on the go.
One new platform is
trying to make that easier. The platform is called the 5D
Behavior Engine, and it being made by Segway Inc. The system is designed to
help robots to follow a series of set targets through an environment, even in
complex or cluttered situations. The trick? These scientists based their
navigation of the mule, which have been doing just that for centuries.
Source: Extreme Tech
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