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MABEL the bipedal robot

MABEL, at one time the world's fasted running bipedal robot, now sits in the biomechanics exhibit at the Chicago Field Museum.| Short Read

The two-legged robot named MABEL can now recover from a stumble like a person, making her the world’s first robot with a trip reflex, says Prof. Jessy Grizzle. The fastest bipedal robot with knees can now step up onto a platform that’s in her path. She has no cameras, so she uses a sense of touch, so to speak, to keep steady footing.

MABEL received significant world-wide attention when she became the fastest bipedal robot with knees in 2011. We invite you to watch some of the videos, and read the articles on the right for additional information.

MABEL on CNN – 9/19/2011

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Jessy Grizzle was interviewed live via Skype on CNN for “The BIG I”


MABEL with the ESPN Road Trip Hosts – Featured on ESPN-U 9/14/2011

  • ESPN Photo Shoot ESPN team visits U of M Engineering robots College of Engineering, North Campus September 8, 2011 CR: Marcin Szczepanski
  • ESPN Photo Shoot ESPN team visits U of M Engineering robots College of Engineering, North Campus September 8, 2011 CR: Marcin Szczepanski

Photos by Marcin Szczepanski, U-M College of Engineering

Jason Drubner and Niki Noto visited MABEL September 8, before the Michigan-Notre Dame game [35-31 – Go Blue!!!] She showed off a bit and managed a touch down before injuries sidelined her. WatchDrubner’s interview of Denard Robinson after the game


Additional Info

MABEL’s YouTube Channel

Jessy Grizzle’s Research Page

See MABEL run: The fastest two-legged robot with knees (CoE LabLog – 9/19/11, with photos and additional video links)

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8″ step down another record for MABEL– CoE LabLog (9/22/11)

Meet MABEL: World’s Fastest 2-Legged Robot with Knees (Live Science – 9/23/11)

Running robot: MABEL is now the world’s fastest two-legged robot with knees (U-M Press Release – 8/15/11)

Discovery Canada coverage of MABEL(Discovery Channel, Daily Planet – 3/28/11)

For some humor:
MABEL learning to navigate rough ground (breaks a leg)
Robot Versus Plywood, Who Ya Got?(Gamma Squad – 5/27/10)


In the News

Michigan Engineering: A new life for MABEL at the Chicago Field Museum (7/31/14)

ASEE Prism Magazine: See How She Runs (October 2011)

IEEE Spectrum: Video Tuesday: BigDog, MABEL, and Quadrotors Landing on Quadrotors (9/20/11)

IEEE Spectrum: MABEL Bipedal Robot is Fast Enough to Run You Down (8/16/11)

Xconomy: MABEL: UM Robot to the Rescue (9/1/11)

Popular Science: Mabel the Robot Sets Speed Record For Bipedal Running

CBS News: Meet Mabel: The robot that does a 9-minute mile

Slashdot: MABEL robot runs like a human

Wired UK: Technology Running robot clocks 6.8 miles per hour

MSNBC: This robot can run – it’s the fastest one ever

The Atlantic: Fast New Running Robot Is Terrifying

Extreme Tech: MABEL the robot runs like a human but stomps like a cylon

PC World: Robots Learn How to Sprint, Still Can’t Outrun Humans

Engadget: MABEL running robot snags bipedal speed title, cue ‘Rocky’ theme (video)

Gizmodo: A Sprinting Robot That Heralds The Age of the Terminators

Future Technology Trends: MABEL: Fastest Two-Legged Robot with Knees Moves at a Peak Speed of 6.8 MPH

R&D Magazing: MABEL: The world’s fastest two-legged robot with knees

Physorg.com: Running robot: MABEL is now the world’s fastest two-legged robot with knees

Extreme Tech: MABEL the robot runs like a human but stomps like a cylon

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