Agility Robotics, a startup company from Oregon State University’s College of Engineering, has unveiled their first robot creation – a bipedal walking robot, Cassie. In the future, it can be used in hazardous search and rescue operation or deliver packages in remote areas. It is built using the 16-month, $1 million dollar grant from the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). The unusual design looks like a pair of disembodied legs of an Ostrich that can move forward, backward and side to side, plus it can rotate both at the same time and work efficiently in rainy and snowy weather.
Cassie is the next generation Robot following the ATRIAS project. ATRIAS is the robot made by the previous Oregon State University research team, a bipedal robot with spring legs. Cassie is a smaller and a more efficient version of ATRIAS and does not require constant charging and a massive battery pack. Based on robot standards, Cassie’s battery is quite smaller and able to work about six to eight hours on a single charge. Check out the video: