Valkyrie robot

One of the robots, nicknamed Val, still hasn't quite harmonized its 28 torque-controlled joints and nearly 200 sensors after arriving at a robotics center at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

Engineering students let the electricity-powered robot down from a harness and tried to let it walk, only to watch as Val's legs awkwardly lurched and locked into a ballet pose.

Above: Northeastern University Ph.D. student Murphy Wonsick adjusts the leg of a six-foot-tall, 300-pound Valkyrie robot.

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