Biped robot

Made:
1987-1997 in London
designer:
David L Buckley
and
David L Buckley
and
maker:
Shadow Robot Company Limited

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Biped robot, designed by David Buckley and made by the Shadow Robotics Project Group, London, England, 1987-1997

This was one of the first robots outside of Japan to wobble forward on two legs. It was built in a London attic by a visionary group of amateur roboticists who wanted to build a robot that could walk by falling forward and catching itself – just like a human.

Though it only took a few small steps, the Bipedal Walker could keep its balance by using information from its sensors to tense or relax the 28 artificial muscles in its legs.

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Biped robot

Details

Category:
Human Robotics
Object Number:
2015-399
Materials:
aluminium alloy, copper (alloy), electrical components, mahogany (wood), metal (unknown), nylon, paper (fibre product), pine (wood), plastic (unidentified), steel (metal) and wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
Without Mount: 1710 mm x 500 mm x 320 mm,
type:
robot
taxonomy:
credit:
Shadow Robot Company