AI News, Engineer teaching humanoid robots to use their hands to stop themselves from falling

Engineer teaching humanoid robots to use their hands to stop themselves from falling

While some look to add a series of corrective steps after a robot becomes off-balance, much like a person stumbling after tripping, Kris Hauser wants robots to be able to use the environment around them.

'If a person gets pushed toward a wall or a rail, they'll be able to use that surface to keep themselves upright with their hands.

As long as the robot isn't twisting as it falls, this creates only three angles that the stabilization algorithm has to take into account—the foot to the hip, the hip to the shoulder, and the shoulder to the hand.