16 Oct 2021
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.
12 Oct 2021
Researchers in California unveiled a bipedal robot on Wednesday that combines walking with flying to create a new type of locomotion, allowing it to jump, skateboard and walk on a slackline. The robot, named LEONARDO or LEO for short, was developed by a team at the California Institute of Technology's Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies. Researchers said LEO is the first robot to use multi-joint legs and propeller-based thrusters to enable it to balance and carry out complex movements.
11 Oct 2021
The skateboarding tricks that made Rayssa Leal the youngest Olympic medalist in Brazil's history push girls from early childhood to teenagers onto the country's slopes, where until recently they were the exception.
26 Jul 2021
Japan's Yuto Horigome says he will hang his gold medal on his Pokemon stuffed toy after he unveiled a wonder-trick to become the very first skateboarding Olympic champion, adding the victory in his hometown of Tokyo was 'very meaningful'.
9 Jun 2021
Brandon Valjalo, South African national skateboarding champion and future Olympian, explains how his sport will work at the Tokyo Games. Skateboarding will make its Olympic debut alongside three new disciplines: surfing, karate, and climbing. Baseball, which debuted at the 2008 Games in Beijing, also returns to the programme.
20 Feb 2021
At a Houston skate park, talented skateboarder Dallis Thompson says his father-in-law often asks him why he chooses a "white boys' sport" over something like basketball. "I'm like why?" says the 33 year old, "It's not a white sport, you know what I mean. There's Hispanic people that do it, Asian people." Back in September 2020, Thrasher, the iconic skateboarding magazine, confronted a historic image of whiteness in the sport by putting 32 Black skaters its cover. The cover had no headline, it let the portraits speak for themselves. The message was clear: the skating community must highlight its members of color.
10 Nov 2020
For this group of young Angolans, the skateboard opens the door to a world of learning, self-knowledge and fun. In Angola, skaters complain of a lack of public and private support, yet they manage to hold independent events on a sport that grows year by year.
27 Feb 2020
Barbies rocking Tokyo 2020 Olympic uniforms took over Mattel's sneak peek preview of this year's New York Toy Fair on Friday. The dolls reflected the five new sports added to the Olympic program - baseball/softball, sport climbing, karate, skateboarding and surfing.