Researchers at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence have built an "ape-like robotic system" that moves just like our closest living ancestors.
Beyond giving nightmares of a Robot apocalypse paired with the Planet of The Apes, this is an impressive machine-recreation of the animal. Three years in the making, 'iStruct' has been developing "biologically inspired" robotics, improving their mobility.
This has been made possible through various innovations, including use of a single-element artificial spine and many more miniaturised sensors woven into the fabric of the materials used to allow greater freedom of movement. Worth a try, just to find out what would have happened if our rate of evolution took a different turn!
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