We often refer to drones as “flying robots.” Well, here’s a two-legged robot that has learned how to run, and it’s an amazing thing to watch.

We’ve written before about Spot, the dog-like ground robot built by Boston Dynamics. But we were just introduced to Cassie, a robot/drone that walks like an ostrich. It’s an ongoing project at Oregon State University — and it is unbelievably cool.

Let’s watch as this drone runs 5K on a single battery charge.


First of all, an introduction: Cassie was invented at Oregon State University. The machine was developed with a $1 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, also known as DARPA. Robotics professor Jonathan Hurst was in charge of the project and, clearly, knew what he was doing.

Cassie first made the scene in 2017. Ever since then, OSU students – with funding from the National Science Foundation – have been exploring machine learning options to make Cassie smarter. And now, the…


Source: dronedj.com