In the world of robotics, there are two popular concepts: the development of wheeled robots and walkers. The first is more effective on flat surfaces, the second easily pass over rough terrain. But as it turned out, engineers can create a combined version that combines advantages of two different designs.
Two-legged robot Cassie, developed by Agility Robotics, according to the developers, has become a compromise solution between fully wheeled models and walkers — it is able to move at high speed on roads and sidewalks. In theory, the combined chassis will allow Cassie to overcome sections of the path of varying complexity.
According to the developers, they plan to teach the robot more "aggressive" movements that increase the efficiency of overcoming the path, and independently shoot videos — so far this has to be done by the operator. Engineers continue to develop to use the robot as a turnkey solution for rescue operations, courier delivery and even home assistance. For this purpose, the development of special software and additional elements — new versions of the body and hand-manipulators.