Don’t try shaking this robot ape off your car

Monkey business: The iStruct Demonstrator won’t topple on a shifting surface.

(Credit: Screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET)

Here’s something I would totally sic my BigDog on, were I lucky enough to own one: a robot ape that can walk around on four legs and may one day stand up on two.

Researchers at Germany’s DFKI, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, have been working on what they call the iStruct Demonstrator.

Its purpose is unclear, but with backing from Germany’s Space Agency and its application being described as “space robotics,” I can only speculate. Planet of the robot apes, perhaps?

Weighing only 40 pounds and powered by lithium-polymer batteries, iStruct is laden with force sensors and accelerometers to keep it moving steadily.

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