Troody the walking dinosaur


Peter Dilworth of MIT’s Leg Lab made this bipedal walking robot based on a Troodon dinosaur.

His objective was straightforward: “It was for the robot to stand up from a sitting position, to walk and possibly run, go back to walking and stop and then sit down and be stable, and not fall over in any phase,” Dilworth explains. But as he found out, making a robot walk is a lot more challenging than it seems. “It has proven extremely difficult to make bipedal robots,” says Gregory Paul, an independent dinosaur paleontologist who collaborated with Dilworth on the project. “People assume that flight is hard to do while walking is easy; actually it’s the reverse.”


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4 thoughts on “Troody the walking dinosaur

  1. Damo says:

    I think you’ll find he actually made this around 8 years ago. He worked on a four legged dino soon after but I’m not sure what he’s been up to since.


  2. Patti Schiendelman says:

    Yes, the article’s a few years old, I still thought it was cool. :) Do you have info on the 4-legged critter? I couldn’t find anything recent; let us know if you do!

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