‘Toaster on legs’ sets new world record by walking 14.3 miles in 11hrs!

July 23rd, 2010 - 2:16 pm ICT by ANI  

London, July 23 (ANI): A robot billed as a ‘toaster on legs’ has set a new world record - by walking 14.3 miles in 11 hours.

Built by US scientists, the Ranger set the record for ‘untethered robotic walking’ earlier in July.

The odd-looking robot walked 108.5 times around a 212m indoor track while bring guided by students using a remote control.

It completed about 70,000 steps before it had to get a recharge.

“The Ranger is nothing special to look at but the motion is rather graceful in a way you don’t see in many robots,” The Sun quoted Andy Ruina, lab manager on the project at New York’s Cornell University, as saying.

It broke the previous world record that was held by Boston Dynamics’ BigDog that ran for 1.5 miles in Boston.

The Ranger is energy efficient as it copies the physics of human walking, using gravity and momentum to roll its legs forward. While motors control the movements of other robots, the Ranger has a more laid-back gait. (ANI)

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