It seems like suddenly we have a competition going on to see who can produce the most life-like humanoid robot walking routines.
Here's the latest entry into the fray from Ikaziso using the V-Sido system:
It is pretty realistic, though it does tend to resemble a fashion model strutting her stuff down the runway at times. In any case, I totally appreciate and applaud their efforts and their willingness to share the results with us via YouTube. Hopefully they will share more of the underlying secrets as well.
Dr. Guero, famous for his bicycling robot, has fine-tuned/hacked a Kondo KHR-3HV humanoid robot to walk with a gait that is so close to an actual human being that it's spooky.
Knowledgeable robot developers will immediately notice some of Dr. Guero's changes, including the surprisingly small footprint. It appears that he has been able to achieve smooth walking, even on a smooth slippery floor, using feet that are essentially small aluminium brackets rather than the larger stock feet supplied by Kondo.
So far the only data available is included in the description field of the video he uploaded to YouTube a few hours ago. Hopefully he'll share more details on his website, or in a future RoboCon magazine issue.
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