March 12, 2013      

PITTSBURGH -- A team from Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center is building a new class of robot to compete in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Robotics Challenge -- CHIMP, a human-size robot that moves, not by walking, but on rubberized tracks on the extremities of each of its four limbs.

Though the appearance of the CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform is vaguely simian, its normal mode of locomotion will be much like that of a tank, with the track...

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