iRobot's new bot handles staircases with aplomb

iRobot is working hard on a new generation of robots that won't be held up by simple obstructions such as staircases. The video above shows their latest effort, a stair-climbing robot designed to make it both up and down stairs without slipping or falling.

It's all quite impressive, I guess, but doesn't the age of actually mobile robots seem pretty far off? This guy can make his way up and down stairs, sure, but he sure takes his sweet time. I think I could outrun this thing pretty easily if it had it out for me is all that I'm saying. But you know what, maybe that's a good thing.

Via Bot Junkie