Hybrid robot runs on gasoline

We've seen a lot of wacky approaches to the mobile power needs of robots, but this "hybrid" robotics platform solves the problem in that most American of ways: with an internal combustion engine. Using a 2.5-horsepower Subaru engine and a car alternator, developer Ken Gracey was able to build an outdoor bot with what he describes as an "unlimited power budget." Buffered by a battery that essentially acts as a large capacitor, the juice for all the systems on the bot is generated by the engine, a solution that will probably make the coming robot uprising sound like a lawnmower rally. Check a video of the bot in action after the break.

[Via Hack A Day]