Situational Awareness: Chimp can operate without human intervention but is most effective when it takes remote orders. Six cameras and lidar (like radar but with light) provide an operator with a 360-degree view of the robot's surroundings.
Strategic Slouch: The robot's shoulders angle slightly forward, rather than sit in line with its torso, giving its 4.3-foot-long arms additional reach. The design also makes it easier to fit Chimp's stocky frame through doorways.
Rugged Mobility: Despite its humanoid "legs," Chimp doesn't walk. Instead, it rolls across terrain on rubberized tracks, like a tank. This reduces the risk of toppling over. In tough conditions, it can drop to all fours for more stability.
Autonomous Manipulation: Spotty communications prevent a robot from relying on humans to control its "hands." Chimp can locate a valve or power tool with its computer vision, then use motion-planning algorithms to grasp and operate the object.
Efficient Balance: Chimp is statically stable, which means the robot doesn't need to use energy (or special software) to stay balanced. To save even more juice, it locks joints that aren't engaged. If the power is cut altogether, a parking brake freezes Chimp in place.
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