No Thanks: Robosimian, NASA's New Monkey Robot

January 14, 2014


This is a video demo of NASA's Robosimian, a monkey inspired robot that looks more like a four-legged spider than a primate. I think we can all agree it does look like it would be fun to hit with a shovel though.

Designed to mimic the posture and movements of a primate, the bot is designed primarily for search and rescue operations, and this video shows it climbing and clambering over obstacles, clearing obstacles from its path, and even opening and passing through doorways.

Ugh, of course it was designed for search and rescue operations. Now I look like a jerk for suggesting I want to hit it with a shovel. Which, for the record, I 100% still do.

Keep going for a video demo of the thing crawling around and opening doors and knifing you in your sleep.

Thanks to Chez, who lied about what his tip was about to throw me off. Or sent the wrong link.

  • Brian North

    As for me, it is really interesting topic.
    At this time, I'm working as a writer in .
    My hobby is a robot creating, I'm really interested in different articles and books related to robots. So I enjoy your website a lot.
    I think that NASA is more advanced in this area. What do you think about their amazing robots that they send to Mars. This is something incredible. It's hard to even imagine how much effort it took to build something like that!
    Thank you for sharing such interesting information about robots!

  • jimmy

    Do monkeys really have that many joints in their limbs??
    Still, that certainly is a great way of travelling over rugged terrain, normal robitic legs just don't cut it

  • p_shep

    Just wondering if they could make it look a little more sinister...

  • Azariel_z

    Tentacle Rape..

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    I have seen enough hentai to know where this is going

  • Crackredactie

    Worst promotional vid EVArrr.

  • DeathBotGamma

    Soooo what your telling me is that not only are Nasa scientists skilled at carving pumpkins they also get to have robotics competitions. When they start making shit out of Legos I'm applying. To think I wasted college on Nursing.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    I love the fact that even at 4x speed it looks really slow. That said, very impressive motion and manuverability. As a prototype that is pretty freakin' awesome.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    The "epic music" seems to be making fun of the slowness.
    Like this

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