IHMC’s Nadia humanoid robot was recently equipped with a pair of boxing gloves to test the speed and agility of its new robot arms. Sparring promptly ensued, giving off ‘Real Steel’ movie vibes, where human boxers were replaced with robots.
In addition to boxing, Nadia has a high power-to-weight ratio and large range of motion, along with develop autonomous as well as semi-autonomous behaviors. This enables the robot to function in urban environments. Why is it named Nadia? It’s named after legendary gymnast Nadia Comăneci, and being funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).
The Nadia project, which has a three year timeline, is intended to function in indoor environments where stairs, ladders, and debris would require a robot to have the same range of motion as a human, which can be particularly useful in firefighting, disaster response, and other scenarios that might be dangerous for humans,” said the company.