Designing robots is likened to art

A two-man team at Minnesota's St. Cloud State University is developing a life-size robotic husky, the school mascot, that's designed to respond to human interaction. The idea builds on a smaller dog built by application designer Josh Hjelmstad. His partner, mechanical engineering student Eu Sheng Chung, an award-winning developer at national robotics competitions in his home country of Malaysia, has an "understanding of mechanisms that allowed us to make a better dog," Hjelmstad says. Chung says, "[Building robots] is like art ... There’s so many ways you can make the movement you want."

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