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Meet Pneupard, Osaka University’s Air-Powered Cheetah Robot

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Roboticists around the world are in the process of reverse engineering the anatomical construction of cheetahs and other cats in an attempt to develop faster and more agile legged robots. The latest project, dubbed the Pneupard, hails from Osaka University. Although still early in development, the new biomimetic platform stands out from some of the others through its use of pneumatic artificial muscles as its primary means of locomotion.

The Pneupard is a creation of researchers Andre Rosendo and Shogo Nakatsu, under the supervision of Kenichi Narioka and Professor Koh Hosoda at Osaka University’s Graduate School of Information Science and Technology. The team has worked extensively with pneumatic artificial muscles in the past. We’ve previously covered their biped Athlete, and shared a video of their adorable infant robot Pneuborn. [Read More]


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