For those living in the Boston Dynamics fanboy bubble, they’re not the only ones making cool stuff. The Cassie Bipedal Robot is an amazing little gem from a company called Agility Robotics. The company was born out of the robotics program at Oregon State University and is attempting to bring the Cassie Bipedal Robot and more to market. An Oregon State University blog posts states that Agility Robotics already has several customers and is also licensing some of the technology found in the Cassie Bipedal Robot. The company says the robot will be marketed to the package delivery industry as they believe Cassie is the perfect tool for the task.
“This technology will simply explode at some point, when we create vehicles so automated and robots so efficient that deliveries and shipments are almost free,” said Jonathan Hurst, an associate professor of robotics in the OSU College of Engineering, chief technology officer at Agility Robotics and an international leader in the development of legged locomotion.
“Quite simply, robots with legs can go a lot of places that wheels cannot. This will be the key to deliveries that can be made 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by a fleet of autonomous vans that pull up to your curb, and an onboard robot that delivers to your doorstep.
“This robot capability will free people from weekend shopping chores, reduce energy use, and give consumers more time to do the things they want to do. It effectively brings efficient automated logistics from state-of-the-art warehouses out and into the rest of the world.”
“The robotics revolution will bring with it enormous changes, perhaps sooner than many people realize,” Hurst said. “We hope for Agility Robotics to be a big part of that revolution. We want to change people’s lives and make them better.”
Cassie was built with a 16-month, $1 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. It’s certainly proof of just how quickly robotics are progressing and how exciting the field is becoming.
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