Designed to run freely on its own, untethered to any external wires, Troody is modeled after Troodon formosus, a carniverous dinosaur that was reputedly the most intelligent creature in the late Cretaceous era. Troody's designer, MIT Leg Lab staff researcher Peter Dilworth, wants to put such prehistoric creatures in museums. The idea has been embraced by Gregory S. Paul, a prominent paleontologist. This portrait was taken at the university boat dock on the Charles River in Cambridge, MA, Troody lapsed into immobility. From the book Robo sapiens: Evolution of a New Species, page 115.