Robot Walks a Tightrope
FINE! Let’s just keep teaching them things like this. When there is no place to hide from a robot death when they get bored of us, don’t come crying to me.
I am not sure what the goal is here other than to say “hey look how smart we are” but these robot engineers have accomplished something pretty fantastic.
A Japanese roboticist that goes by the handle Dr. Guero, famous for programming his hobby robot to ride a miniature bicycle and walk on stilts, has managed to get his robot to balance on a tightrope. His Primer-V4 robot is based on the Kondo KHR-3HV hobby kit (which can be purchased for around US$1,800), but features a few modifications that give it the ability to inch its way along a steel wire just over an eighth of an inch (4 mm) thick.
Source: Dr. Guero’s website (Japanese)