A HYBRID airship-humanoid robot walks around a tech fair in California in a spooky new video.
The robot, named BALLU, was developed by Dennis Hong, director of the Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory at UCLA.
Hong captured the 1 minute 23 second video of BALLU at the 2022 Avatar XPRIZE event in California.
The event, held in Long Beach, was the first public test of XPRIZE since Ansari XPRIZE in 2004.
In which VideoBALLU, who is reportedly unable to fall off, was seen as one of the most adorable guests as he pranced through the event.
Social media users also loved the bot, sharing compliments on Twitter and YouTube.
“I would buy one of those. What a wonderfully happy looking robot!” said one user on Twitter.
“I’ve seen a lot of robots and I have to say I admire how neat this one is. I love the simplicity (in a good creative way),” added a second user.
“My favorite robot in the @xprize avatar finals,” a third person remarked.
BALLU is a two-legged robot whose name stands for Buoyancy Assisted Lightweight Legged Unit.
With humanoid elements but a body made of helium balloons and a pair of skinny prosthetic legs, the bot is considered a hybrid.
Hong told Storyful that BALLU is inexpensive, lightweight and safe – but its weight also makes it unsuitable for outdoor use as it could be carried away by the wind.
The robot “can literally walk on water and on a tight rope,” Hong added.
In 2016, Hong revealed that the conception of BALLU was based on the question, “What if we could change the direction of gravity?”
“Sometimes, to get creative ideas, we ask ourselves crazy, ridiculous questions,” Hong said spectrum.
BALLU can do things like climb or jump over very tall structures, but it can’t do difficult or even mundane tasks like Tesla’s bot, for example.
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/news-tech/9714466/creepy-blimp-humanoid-robot-water-tech-fair/ Creepy humanoid airship robot that can “walk on water and ropes” spotted at tech fair