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Think Google's robots are weird? You ain't seen nothing yet

These two-legged robots are the latest creation from one of Google’s robotics labs in Japan.
Apr 8th 2016, 6:53 PM 20,315 17

GOOGLE MAY BE considering getting rid of its most famous robot company Boston Dynamics, the creator of robots like Atlas and Spot, but the company still has a large number of robotic projects happening.

The latest one just happens to be a two-legged robot, one that wouldn’t look out of place in a sci-fi game.

robot 3

The robot comes from SCHAFT, a Tokyo company owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet.

According to IEEE Spectrum, it was acquired by what was then Google in 2013 after winning the DARPA Robotics Challenge and is now apart of X, Alphabet’s experimental technology division.

From the video uploaded, the robot is designed to move around uneven and narrow terrain. Its legs allow it to walk on snow and up hills as well as carry 60kg weights.

robot 1 Source: mehdi_san/YouTube

And it can make its way around man-made structures like climbing up stairs, usually a difficult task for robots

robot 2 Source: mehdi_san/YouTube

The presentation wasn’t a product announcement but to show what SCHAFT has been working on. So if you were worried, you can rest easy knowing they won’t be appearing anywhere for a while.

Source: mehdi_san/YouTube

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