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The robot that teaches itself to roller skate

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Published on August 8, 2019 - Duration: 01:59s

The robot that teaches itself to roller skate

Skaterbot uses artificial intelligence to teach itself how to navigate terrain and even roller and ice skate.

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The robot that teaches itself to roller skate

Academics in Switzerland have created a robot which can teach itself to walk, roller skate and even ice skate.

Skaterbot, developed at the department of computer science at ETH Zurich, can perform a complex number of moves using its agile legs.

Parts are 3D printed in what assistant professor Stelion Coros has called "LEGO for scientists." The robot utilises artificial intelligence technology.

This means it can understand its own physical parameters and once given an objective - such as reaching a specific location across varied terrain - can work out how to get there.

It can be seen moving forward on four wheels, eight wheels and across ice on small ice skates.

Its wave-like foot movement on ice is similar to the feet of a human ice skater when skating backwards.

The hope is the technology can be used for search and rescue along with the delivery of parcels.

Academics are also working to help robots greater understand their worlds.

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