What has six legs, four wheels, and two karate-chopping palms? Why, it is Centauro — a new look for-and-rescue robot designed by researchers from the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.
Centauro is the most current experiment by experts to obtain the most adaptable and helpful overall body-form for robots built to support in disasters. Commonly, these machines are designed like people, with two arms and two legs, but researchers are increasingly finding that hybrid designs supply far more flexibility. With its four wheeled legs, Centauro is far more secure than a humanoid bot, but however retains the two forward-struggling with arms necessary for manipulating objects like resources and doorways. (Or, as in the video clip down below, karate-chopping some plywood for fun.)