We present LEO, a skateboarding, tight-fitting robot

Finally an extreme sports xenomorph bot.

Every week, robot experts seem to be creating new ways to scare us with their work. In the past, they have created contempt for nature dance strange mechanical dances, chatting their teeth like obsessed mannequins, cheers for sports teams, and play pretend-superhero in amusement parks. And now, thanks to a group of Frankenstein scientists from Caltech, we’ve been forced to witness a spidery little freak who can walk a leash, fly through the air and ride around on a skateboard.

LEONARDO, which is apparently a tortured acronym for “LEGS ONBOARD drOne”, and which is also similar to LEO, is “a two-legged robot that combines walking with flight to create a new type of movement” according to Caltech. IN and video uploaded Wednesday, we can see LEO’s possibilities for ourselves in all their perverse majesty.

The robot appears with its toes around like a baby xenomorph before lifting into the air in the first few shots. Then we see it try to make itself happy with humanity by doing a bitch balancing circus routine and rolling around on a skateboard.

The researchers behind LEO say how birds combine flying and jumping movements to move around power and telephone lines served as inspiration for their work. They also explain that the unpleasant set of features of the metalworking is meant to overcome the problem that two-legged robots cannot chase human prey over “uneven terrain” by giving it the flying gift.

Although the LEO is only 2.5 feet high, it runs using “four propeller propellers” that hold it upright and let it get into the air. Just in case you were wondering, they also prevent it from tipping over when “you … sting or bump [it] with great force, ā€¯according to the co-author of a paper about the robot. As work continues on this, a future version of the LEO may “make its own decisions about the best combination of gait, flight, or hybrid motion it needs” as it moves around.

Read more about this mechanical threat in a published article on the Caltech website.

[via Mashable]

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