LOLA walking robot knows where she/it is going

by Mark R

Remember that robot named AILA that we reported on a while ago? She was the white one with a female form that knew how to hold things. Well, it isn’t the only robot to come out of Germany, for here is LOLA.

LOLA is a humanoid robot presented by the Technical University of Munich and the Institute of Technology Autonomous Systems in Munich.

I have a video of it after the jump, and though the speed may be slow, it will be able to go at 5 km per hour, eventually. The real bonus is that LOLA can walk autonomously, and knows how to identify and avoid objects. The goal of project LOLA is to have a two-legged robot that can move around like a human.

Even if it doesn’t look human. LOLA stands 1.8 meters tall and weighs about 60 kilograms. She has 25 joints in her body, and can see via a dual pair of 5 Megapixel cameras.

LOLA reminds me of a certain science-fiction movie called Saturn 3. In the film was a big robot named Hector, and it eventually became a killer. I probably shouldn’t have brought up that last part.

In the meantime, I will just end with LO-LA! Lo-lo-lo-lo LO-LA! Lo-lo-lo-lo LOLA. Yeah, that’s too easy a joke to make.

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3 reviews or comments

hukiworld Says: May 7, 2010 at 1:13 am

Can you say Skynet? We are going in the wrong direction. Why waste technology trying to create human androids when we should be solving world hunger and fuel resources so we don’t go broke paying $5 per gallon for gas. Do you truly want a robot with life-like qualities? I think it’s creepy and down right wrong period!

Knight In Shining Armour Says: May 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Phwor nice set of pins!

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