Capuchin, built by the geeks at Stanford University, is a four limbed robot that can carefully shift its weight as it climbs a rock wall. Its ability to equally distribute its weight as it climbs makes it extremely stable. Unlike the previous version, Lemur (built in collaboration with NASA JPL), Capuchin is 40 times faster thanks to better and clever programming. But if you watch the video below, it’s still pretty damn slow. Unfortunately, Capuchin relies on a detailed maps of the climbing surface prior to being able to climb. Researchers plan to attach cameras to each individual limb, in hopes that the robot will be able to climb without the need for maps.
Via: New Scientist