Centauro: A Centaur Inspired Search And Rescue Robot That Can Karate Chop Boards In Half

August 9, 2018

This is a brief demonstration video of Centauro, a centaur (not the ones from Fallout) inspired search and rescue robot developed by engineers at the Humanoids and Human Centered Mechatronics Lab at the Italian Institute of Technology. Did I mention it has axe blades for hands that can chop super flimsy boards in half? I'm surprised they didn't go with chainsaws.

[Centauro] can lift heavy items, poke holes in fences and easily cut through wood and other objects. Lead engineer on the project Nikolaos Tsagarakis has specifically stated the goal of the Centauro to be "...capable of using unmodified human tools for solving complex bimanual manipulation tasks, such as connecting a hose or opening a valve, in order to relieve the situation" in an emergency.

The future goal isn't to have Centauros operate autonomously, but rather "where a human operator is telepresent with its whole body in a Centaur-like robot, which is capable of robust locomotion and dexterous manipulation in the rough terrain and austere conditions characteristic of disasters." So they'll be human-controlled, that's a relief. Because I imagine if they were operating autonomously these search and rescue missions would end a lot differently. Centauro, report in. "There were no survivors." Dammit! Wait, why are your axe hands so bloody?

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Jeffrey S, who's not convinced 'search and rescue' isn't Italian for 'seek and destroy'.

  • Ed

    "Search and Rescue" bitch please

  • The_Wretched

    Someone watched too much Concrete Revolutio.

  • Andyman7714

    Yup, that's a femur that just got whacked.

  • urimind

    Give Me Your Clothes, Your Boots, and Your Motorcycle.

  • ashcoal


  • Munihausen

    But can weird and lonely people have sex with it?

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    with a roll of duct tape and a silicone tube, a person can have sex with literally anything.

  • Munihausen

    I had to think about that for a second

  • TheQiwiMan

    “Nothing is impossible to him who will try” - Alexander the Great

  • GeneralDisorder

    Yes. I mean, I can't imagine anything people can't have sex with

  • qcp
  • Nicholas Conrad

    I'm usually not a robot uprising alarmist, but building them with knife-hands just seems like asking for it...

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