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Figure's Humanoid Robot: The Future of Bipedal Locomotion

Image Credits: Figure

Well, folks, it's official! Figure's humanoid robot has taken its first steps, and it's a sight to behold.

After a year of anticipation, the South Bay-based startup has finally shared a video of their robot's bipedal locomotion.

The video is a testament to the company's dedication and commitment to pushing the boundaries of robotics. It's a raw, unfiltered glimpse into the lab, revealing the robot's bent-knee movement - a common feature in many robots, including Boston Dynamics' Atlas and Agility's Digit. This bent-knee design offers better control over balance, a crucial factor in robotics.

The robot's movement isn't the only thing that caught the eye of Brian Heater, TechCrunch. The hands, or rather, the grippers, are another feature worth noting. Mobile manipulation remains a significant challenge in robotics. Many humanoid systems, like Digit and Apptronik's Apollo, are yet to include articulated graspers. Although the video doesn't show the grippers in action, during his visit to Figure's HQ, a section dedicated to developing a five-digit, human-style hand was spotted.

While the video showcases an early-stage version of the Figure 01 robot, it's clear that there's still plenty to work on before the ship date. But one thing's for sure, this is a massive leap in the field of robotics.

So, here's to Figure's humanoid robot, a testament to the future of bipedal locomotion. Watch this space for more updates on their journey towards creating a future where robots walk among us!

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