Ok, so Dexter isn’t quite the “Terminator” just yet, but rather a 5’10”, 135-pound robot that — unlike the Honda ASIMO — uses “a geometrical constraint to guarantee static stability.” Read more. Video after the jump.
Dexter has a different, more human-like body on which ZMP control does not work. Its joints, driven by air cylinders, are springy and flexible like human muscle. There are no statically stable postures that it can be put in where it can balance without active feedback, so it has to constantly adjust based on its sense of balance, the robot equivalent to your inner ear. It walks and balances the same way humans do, even wearing the same shoes humans wear