This paper presents an extensive experimental study of the first steps of the Hume robot. Hume is an adult sized, 20 kg, series-elastic, point-foot biped robot capable of very fast leg movements. In this study, Hume is constrained to planar motion by a linkage mechanism. We present our application of phase space planning to one, two, and three step walking, the last one over an obstacle. In the implementation, we modified the original theory and added ad-hoc adjustments since the robot could not follow the original theory’s planned walking trajectories despite their theoretical stability. We present a good correlation between the phase space plans and our various experiments, and an analysis of the robot’s final behavior. Overall the planner and ad-hoc modifications allowed us to execute very smooth gaits even over non-flat surfaces but at the same time demonstrated the shortcomings of open loop techniques.

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