Even without wheels, the four-legged ANYmal robot by ETH Zurich was really impressive. Now it’s time for the next level.
The company made the robot walk and roll by adding four wheels to the legs and called it Swiss-Mile Robot.
Swiss-Mile Robot features
To make the new version even more competitive, it’s now able to stand up, crawl, and could be used for urban deliveries.
ETH Zurich spinoff company Swiss-Mile is the one who developed the ANYmal, and for that, it’s known as the Swiss-Mile Robot.
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If you liked it when ANYmal climbs stairs, don’t worry cause Swiss-Mile Robot still can do that. Just by locking up the wheels on the ends of its legs, it will back to walking like a quadruped animal.
This model is able to travel at speeds of up to 22 km/h (14 mph). And to make it more astonished, the legs can be flexed to act as shock absorbers, when the robot needs to roll down a set of stairs or off a curb.
The Swiss-Mile Robot is equipped with LiDAR sensors, GPS, and cameras to move smoothly and avoid obstacles. For now, the robot has a runtime of two hours per battery charge.
The robot can stand up on its rear legs, but is that useful or just to show off? According to Dr. Marko Bjelonic, ANYmal co-developer, the front legs will act as arms. This will help for grabbing the packages from clients and putting them in its cargo compartment on its back. It can maximum carry 50 kg (110 lb).
To decrease CO2 emissions, and help decongest the traffic in urban areas, Swiss-mile deliveries will adopt electric, small-scale autonomous solutions.
There is no info about its price, but the company plans to make the robot commercially available next year.