The vivacious, acrobatic Minitaur robot will definitely improve your day

Mondays, as we all know, are the worst. That’s why it’s important to keep an eye out for heart-warming videos like puppies sliding on hardwood floors, otters holding hands, or energetic robots doing flips and climbing fences. It helps if, as in this case, the background music is a jam. The Minitaur started as a research project at the University of Pennsylvania, but the creators have spun off a company, Ghost Robotics, to commercialize the robot. It’s a new approach to robo-locomotion in that its legs are “direct-drive,” meaning there’s no gearing, springs, powered joints, or gearbox in between the electric motor and each leg.

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