We design and build truly exciting machines that are agile, efficient and capable of handling highly dynamic maneuvers. They are robust, successfully negotiating large ground surface variations in height or softness. They are quiet, with only noise from an electric motor and footfalls.
A key strength at Agility Robotics is our careful consideration of the interaction between passive dynamics, which are generated by the physical hardware such as springs, and software control. We gain insights from animal morphology and behavior, while making design choices appropriate for robots.
We build upon a simple spring-mass model, originally created to explain animal running and walking gaits, and first demonstrated on a machine with ATRIAS. By building machines and designing controllers based on this scientific foundation, we are targeting the agility, efficiency, and robustness of animal locomotion.