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Access to the article is free, however registration and sign-in are required: It is possible to design robots that walk in a humanlike manner by providing them with motors to drive every joint and a computer that tells every joint what its angle should be. There are many successful robots of this ilk, but they are very complex and use far more energy than would a walking human. In his Perspective, Alexander discusses a different type of robot inspired by toys that walk passively downhill. These robots have much simpler control systems and use much less energy than conventional walking robots.

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      energy expenditure,NSDL,NSDL_SetSpec_BEN,robots,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20110722025527443T,passive-dynamic walkers,biped,Technology,Engineering

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