The robot Lola has been developed by the Autonomous Systems Technology Institute at the Universität der Bundeswehr Munich, in Germany. The engineer’s goal was to achieve an autonomous human way of walking, faster than any other robot today. And judging by the below video, they succeeded. In the clip, the humanoid robot Lola walks through a room with plenty of obstacles on the floor.
Similar to those robots developed by Boston Dynamics, it is able to keep its balance even when pushed by one of the engineers. Lola is quite big, 180 centimeters tall, although quite lightweight, about 55 kilos only. The cast aluminum construction contributes to keeping its weight down.
With DC motors in its joints and power supplied via a cable from the ceiling, future versions will have their own energy source. The robot’s brain is a computer located in the upper body, but image processing requires so much processing power that an external computer is required, as of now.
Lola is part of the larger project “Natur und Technik Intelligent Laufens“, biological and technical aspects of intelligent locomotion. Financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation).