The End Nears: Robotic Legs Learn How To Ride Electric Skates

June 12, 2019

This is a video of a group of researchers from University Of California Berkeley's Hybrid Robotics Lab training a Cassie humanoid leg robot (previously) how to balance on and autonomously operate a pair of electric skates (aka hovershoes, a disappointing misnomer). So, if you thought your roller skates were going to save you in the event of a robot uprising, think again. I mean unless they're rocket powered, but we all know how well that worked out for Wyle E. Coyote. "How did it work out for him?" He finally caught the Road Runner, they should totally be your plan A.

Keep going for the video while I speculate why they didn't just give it tank treads and get this over with already.

Thanks to Nathan P, who agrees this looks like a job for a broom handle.

  • Douchy McDouche

    Good to know that I'll be able to escape the terminators by running up some stairs.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Maybe I'm just a rambling mad-man but wouldn't it be easier for robots to balance on wheels than it would be for robots to walk?

  • Closet Nerd

    Basically Robot Heelies

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