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Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) are even more important to legged robots, which must constantly be tracking the orientation of their body, especially on rough terrain. Boston Dynamics (Waltham, Mass.) for instance, specializes in building biologically inspired robots based on algorithms that mimic real animals.
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