Record breaking robot walks 83 miles in 54 hours
The fast developing world of robotics recently achieved another milestone when a Chinese-built four-legged robotwalked its way into the Guinness Book of World Records after coveringa distance of 83 miles in 54 hours, beatingthe record previously held by an American robot.
The robot dubbed "Xinghe No. 1" wasdeveloped by a team led by Li Qindu, a professor at the College ofAutomation under the Chongqing University of Post andTelecommunications. The team started developing the robot in November2014 and the first prototype was produced in January this year.
"Xinghe No.1" beat the record forthe longest distance covered by a four-legged robot previously heldby "Ranger", a quadrupedrobot developed by a team at Cornell University in the US.
To create the record the Chinese robotcircled an indoor track from October 24 to 27, taking 340,000 stepsbefore requiring a stop to recharge. It covered a distance of 134.03km (83 miles) in over 54 hours and used 0.8 kWh of power, state-runXinhua news agency reported.
The distance covered by the Chineserobot was more than twice as that of the former record holder, theUS-made “Ranger “and the speed was 1.18 times faster according toXinhua.The US-made robot had walked 65 km in 30 hours consuming 0.5 kWh.
According to Li the objective of theresearch was not just to increase the length that the robot can trek,but also, to study the electrical efficiency, boost the reliabilityand enable the robot to perform remote controlled missions that wouldbe considered dangerous for humans.
Source: Guinness Book of Records