The robot that learned how to skate on ice
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Learning to ice skate takes time and effort. One robot has learned how to do it – all by itself.

Robots can walk, climb, and even open doors. But can they iceskate?

Well, it seems now they can.

Stelian Coros, a professor at the Computational Robotics Lab at ETH Zurich, says the only thing his team did was to tell the robot how one skate behaved on the ice, and that it was free to move in the direction of the blade.

The modular robot can then work out where its legs need to be balanced in order to steer.

The robots could one day be used for activities as diverse as deliveries, helping people or even search and rescue work.


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