Ascento has developed at the ETH Zurich Polytechnic. On smooth surfaces it moves with the help of the wheels, maintaining balance by itself. And when it encounters an obstacle, for example, it behaves in a new way. Ascento "crouches" and jumps (up or forward) as if his legs were spring loaded. Practical, isn't it? Plus, Ascento can climb any ladder, one leap at a time.
Nomen omen: Ascento from "ascendo", I go up
In addition to climbing stairs, Ascento is able thanks to its legs to stand up even on uneven surfaces. This is because the robot's legs fold independently, allowing Ascento to maintain its body level at all times. This ability also helps him to keep his balance when hit from the side, a bit like we have already seen in BigDog and the other "robot animals" of the Boston Dynamics.
Ascento can be controlled remotely or can perform independent tasks. The robot uses its cameras and sensors to traverse spaces.
What else to add? Ah. Yes. Ascento has a battery that lasts about 90 minutes. It weighs 10,4 kg, can accelerate up to 8 km per hour and jump up to half a meter.
This sort of big-headed frog takes steps, indeed leaps and bounds and soon we will find him patrolling houses.
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Gianluca Riccio, copywriter and journalist - Born in 1975, he is the creative director of an advertising agency, he is affiliated with the Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists.