HyQ is a four-legged robot built as a platform to study quadrupedal locomotion. It can walk over obstacles, trot and rear like a horse, squat jump, and even kick things with its powerful hydraulic legs.
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HyQ stands for hydraulic quadruped.
Claudio Semini, a researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology and one of the creators of HyQ, describes the robot's first test out of the lab.Photo: IIT
HyQ is a quadruped robot designed for rough terrain missions. Created by a team at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) led by Claudio Semini, HyQ can walk and trot, and also jump and even kick things. The robot uses hydraulic actuators, which allow it to move quickly and nimbly, with an eerie animal-like quality. Or as Semini explains, HyQ has a "wide repertoire of motion skills that allows it to negotiate challenging and dynamically changing terrain." In 2019, IIT announced a brand-new and massively upgraded quadruped called HyQReal. It's designed to be big, powerful, and rugged, and in a demonstration HyQReal was able to pull a 3-ton airplane.