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The Chinese Academy of Sciences demonstrated a quadruped robot intended to test gait control and locomotion — and eventually mimic the movement of a triceratops. The flexibly jointed, 3.1-foot FROG-I robot runs Linux on an Intel Xscale PXA270 processor, communicating via Wi-Fi with a host computer, while lower-level functions are controlled by two Texas Instruments DSPs.

FROG-I (Four-legged Robot for Optimal Gaits) was developed by Dr. Wei Wang and a team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Beijing, working out of the Institute of Automation’s Field Robotics Group. The robot is intended as a research platform for studying gait control, gait transition, and other locomotion algorithms.
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April 23rd, 2011

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