DURUS Robot: Human-Like Gait


One of the biggest steps in realizing the sci-fi robotic future we’ve all been dreaming of (or dreading as the case may be) is getting them to walk like humans. And that’s not just because we’re a narcissistic species (though we are). There’s a lot of important developments that we need to make to bring bipedal robots out of fiction and into the real world that are critical to understand. By making robots walk, we also have to help them balance, assess distance, analyze different surface types, and adjust their gait on the fly. And these are all things we’ve done before, but until now, no one’s thought of the obvious — give the robots some shoes. Amber Labs, a team of engineers at Georgia Institute of Technology, created DURUS, and it’s a bipedal robot with a twist. We’ve seen Boston Dynamics’ Atlas walk on two legs just fine, but DURUS has a much more natural heel-toe stride.

That’s important for a number of reasons. Balancing a robot that usually weighs upwards of 300lbs is a tall order — especially since it hasn’t had millions of years of evolution to work out the kinks. As a result, most engineers have used a flat step, plopping the robot’s whole foot down at once to give it a more stable platform.


Weight 100 kg
Battery Capacity 2.2 kWh
Operation Time 8 hr


  • Country: USA 
  • Company: Georgia Institute of Technology

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