Cool Robots up Close

LEMUR robotThe Jet Propulsion Laboratory is having had their open house this last weekend. The event is open to the public and free. The JPL is located in Pasadena, CA. If you are in the area today, check it out. Directions and more info here.Seen here is one of the JPL’s robotics projects called LEMUR IIa. This cool, flexible robot looks more like a giant crab than a lemur to us. A snip for from the project description:

“The assembly, inspection, and maintenance requirements of permanent installations in space demand robots that provide a high level of operational flexibility relative to mass and volume. Such demands point to robots that are dexterous, have significant processing and sensing capabilities, and can be easily reconfigured — both physically and algorithmically. The LEMURs (Limbed Excursion Mechanical Utility Robots) are designed to address these challenges.”

Check out more of their robotics projects here.

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