Robot Snake learned to climb stairs
Humanoid robots like Atlas from Boston Dynamics are able to jump over obstacles and SpotMini robotic dog without problems sweeping the stairs. Unfortunately, as long as they are beyond the ladders by which you want to climb up using not only his feet but also his hands. While Robot Boston Dynamics it seems a Herculean task, researchers from Kyoto University and the University of Telecommunications in Japan have developed a mechanism able to do so. However, this robot design may seem unusual.
Engineers abandoned structures with two or four limbs and created a robot in the form of a snake. The design is very simple - it is almost entirely made up of motors, tubes and joints. Such simplicity gives it the flexibility to slowly and firmly twist around each stage and rise to the top. The video shows that it is perfectly recreates this snake movement.
It is believed that the snake robot can find a variety of different applications. For example, he is able to crawl through the pipes and look for places clogging, as well as to carry out rescue operations like the search for victims in earthquakes. In May of 2016 like him Eelume robot demonstrated its effectiveness in repairing facilities. Later, in February 2017, he learned to work in the depths of the open sea.
In addition to flexibility, have a serpentine structure has another advantage - low cost. How much does the development of a robot snake - is unknown, but taking into account the minimum number of components, this amount is clearly less than the cost of robots Boston Dynamics. By the way, sales-dog robots start SpotMini scheduled for 2019, but the price is still unknown.
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