New tech lets damaged robots ‘walk off’ injuries (VIDEO)

A newly implemented algorithm allows damaged robots to continue on with their mission, even if they lose one of their legs.

Researchers Antoine Cully, Jeff Clune and Jean-Baptiste Mouret programmed a hexapodal robot with the ability to conduct its own “Intelligent Trial and Error.” When one of the robot’s legs sustains damage, the software sorts through the pre-programmed catalogue of over 13,000 different gaits and selects the best one allow forward motion, Tech Crunch reports.

The tech could prove particularly useful for military applications like DARPA’s Big Dog, which just recently had its first taste of real-world action.

[ Tech Crunch ]