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Robot runs like a marathoner but is destined for the factory

High-speed camera keeps the thing leaning forward and not falling over

This is the University of Tokyo's newest marathon runner.

TOKYO -- First Japanese researchers figured out how to link a high-speed camera with a hand robot so that the mechanical beast always wins at rock-paper-scissors.

Now the same team has come up with a similar pairing, but one that allows a bipedal robot to run like a top marathoner. In this case, the detached camera keeps an eye on the robot itself and offers feedback so the mechanical runner can lean forward, just like we humans do while running, but not so far forward that it stumbles. 

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