Stanford Robotics Reports “Bam-Bot” Damaged in Field Testing
By: C.J. Cantwell
The young tech geniuses of Stanford Robotics have reported their latest project, the “Bam-Bot,” suffered minimal damage in a routine field test this past Thursday night. The four-legged robot—which gets its “Bam-Bot” name from its ability to take a hit—is designed for both indoor and outdoor use, with a sensor head that helps it walk on rough terrain. It seems the 160-pound bot hit some extra rough terrain on Thursday, requiring it to be taken back to the lab for repairs.
In a website update, the Stanford Robotics team advised the field test was troubleshooting the robot’s abilities outside the lab environment, and they have successfully found weaknesses in the robot’s capabilities. The team anticipates no issues in repairing the robot and will make adjustments based on this testing to improve the Bam-Bot’s abilities on a variety of terrain and in real-world environments.
Based at Stanford University, the Stanford Robotics team has been working on the Bam-Bot for an astounding two years. The advanced machine is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. While frustrating for a project to meet challenges, testing like this allows the team to make vital adjustments. The resourceful students have said they “look forward to future field tests.”