Meet Leo, the flying, skateboarding, tightrope-walking robot
16 October 2021 | 3:08 pm
Caltech researchers have built a bipedal robot that combines walking with flying to create a new type of locomotion, which makes it more agile and capable of complex movements. Part walking robot, part flying drone, the LEONARDO (short for LEgs ONboARD drOne, or LEO for short) can walk on a tightrope like tightrope walkers, jump, and even skateboard. Developed by a team from Caltech’s Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST), LEO is the first robot to uses multi-jointed legs and propeller-based thrusters to achieve a good degree of control over its balance.
16 Sep 2022
20 Mar 2022
We look at reactions from the British papers after the release of two British citizens who had spent several years in an Iranian prison. Also, the papers react to Volodymyr Zelensky's speech to US Congress and Vladimir Putin's speech to lawmakers. Here in France, the prison beating of a Corsican nationalist hero and convicted murderer becomes a controversial election issue. Finally, we explore a new phenomenon: Goblin mode, or the art of being a happy slob!
25 Jul 2022
A surgical team led by Dr Tim Forgan uses the da Vinci Xi robot to assist in removing a cancerous rectal tumour from a female patient at Tygerberg public hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. The robot, which has four 'arms' and is controlled in real time by Forgan via an immersive 3D consul, is the most advanced surgical robot in Africa.
14 Aug 2022
Dubai's high desert dunes attract members of the all-women Grit Girls motorcross team as they brave the summer heat to practice their stunts ahead of the start of next season in September.
16 Sep 2022
Isah Barde's robot is made of recycled materials. The 17-year-old Nigerian believes it could help with jobs that are dangerous for humans.
9 Oct 2022
Tesla's Elon Musk has often boasted about his plan to sell millions of affordable robots to mark a "future of abundance." Critics think that future is still far off.
19 Oct 2022
A humanoid robot interacts with visitors in Dubai's Museum of the Future, providing them with guidance and answering questions about their visit.
19 Nov 2022
Since Elon Musk became CEO of Twitter, data shows a million users have fled the platform. DW rounds up some of the most popular microblogging alternatives — and sees if Mastodon lives up to the hype.
2 Dec 2022
British artist Philip Colbert presented the LobstarBot, the world's first robot artist, at London's Phillips auction house on Thursday.The robot was developed with the help of University College London's Robotics Laboratory and uses ColBERT algorithms to produce its own and unique work of art.
The US military shot down the high-altitude object over Alaska. It is the second foreign incursion into US airspace in two weeks.
The White House justified shooting down unidentified flying objects, saying they posed a risk to civilian air travel. The Biden administration also said there is "no indication" that alien activity is behind the objects.
A monthly survey of German voters finds they still support Ukraine but are disenchanted with the three-way coalition government. Ahead of International Women's Day they are lukewarm on the new feminist foreign policy.
47 mins ago
Africa is the most vulnerable continent for the effects of climate change, the UN has said. Young Africans are calling for urgent action and for ramping up funding for African-made solutions to tackle the climate crisis.
49 mins ago
Despite efforts to save the captive animal, a female elephant named 'Noor Jehan' has died in a Karachi zoo. Critics are calling for the zoo's closure. Warning: Contains distressing images.
1 hour ago
Having just emerged from the worst drought in decades, Kenya is now battling incessant rain and flash floods associated with the El Nino phenomenon.
2 hours ago
Qatar has been praised for its role in brokering the Gaza truce and mediating the continuing, complex negotiations between Israel and Hamas on the release of hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners. But what's in it for the government in Doha? Professor Melanie Garson is a trained negotiator and conflict resolution expert. She spoke to FRANCE 24's Gavin Lee.
2 hours ago
Amid an ongoing strike by its mechanics in Sweden over a refusal to sign a collective wage agreement, Tesla has also filed a lawsuit against the country's postal workers. They have blocked deliveries of licence plates for its new cars, in solidarity with workers at the electric vehicle maker. Also in this edition, Chinese fast fashion giant Shein files to go public in the US and China tries to convince international investors to keep their supply chains in the country.
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