The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Command Army Research Laboratory developed the Legged Locomotion and Movement Adaptation, or LLAMA, as part of the lab's Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance. Source: U.S. Army/T'Jae EllisThe U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Command Army Research Laboratory developed the Legged Locomotion and Movement Adaptation, or LLAMA, as part of the lab's Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance. Source: U.S. Army/T'Jae EllisA team from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Command Army Research Laboratory created a robot that may one day travel with and assist soldiers in the field..

The Legged Locomotion and Movement Adaptation, or LLAMA, is an autonomous, quadruped, mobility research platform created under the lab’s Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA) to lighten the workload of soldiers. The robot can reportedly carry soldiers' equipment, which according to researchers increases both soldier mobility and lethality.

The all-electric system is composed of high-torque actuators and algorithms for intelligence, autonomy and advanced perception. Additionally, LLAMA can navigate structured and unstructured environments, including stairs and rough terrain. Currently, LLAMA has three degrees of freedom per leg.

"The platform not only has the mobility capabilities, it also includes perception and intelligence," said Army Research Laboratory engineer Jason Pusey. “That platform was trying to culminate a lot of different technologies within the RCTA to integrate them together into one platform that we can actually show to immolate the far-reaching goals of combining all of this into one unique intelligent platform for the Soldier."

The Army will debut the LLAMA on Oct. 17 at the National Robotics Engineering Center facility of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

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