Scientists Built a Robot With Jetpacks and a Creepy, Doll-Like Face

A team of researchers from the Italian Institute of Technology have created a humanoid robot that has a doll-like face.

It is the last kind of creature that we would want to encounter during the singularity.

A paper recently accepted for publication in the journal IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters describes the iRonCub, which has four jet engines attached to its backpack and two at the ends of its arms.

The researchers propose that the jetpack doll could one day be used to help in disaster response. The robot does just that in the video render, blowing off some rubble.

You should blast off.

In a real-world test, the researchers put some protective pants on the jetpack doll and let the four jet engines rip. The researchers were able to see the changes in the robot's weight because of the scales it was standing on.

Daniele Pucci, head of the Artificial and Mechanical Intelligence lab at the Indian Institute of Technology, said that aerial humanoid robotics extends aerial manipulation to a more robust and energy efficient level. Quadrotors with a robotic arm are often examples of aerial manipulation.

A humanoid robot could potentially lend a hand while still being able to cover the ground with its jetpack.

Pucci said that their research can be used as a test-bed for actuated flying exoskeletons for human beings.

The team is hoping to get their doll-faced monster into the air. Get ready to run.

The Jet-Powered Robot is ready for liftoff.

A new video shows a robot with realistic facial expressions.

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