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Designing a More Human-Like Lower Leg for Biped Robots (w/Video)

Featured Image: Wabian2R III robot. (c) Copyright Takanisha Lab. Waseda University Tokyo Jaman.  (Fair Use).

Another article added to our “Robots Replacing Humans” collection. . . . EDITOR

From IEEE Spectrum By Jason Falconer Posted 

Since bipedal robots took their first steps, the majority has been designed with the same basic joint/actuator configuration in their legs. This design, based on a simplified human leg, uses just six motors (three for the hip, one for the knee, and two for the ankle), and though it proved successful, it has also shown several limitations over the last 25 years. Now researchers at the Humanoid Robotics Institute at Waseda University (the birthplace of the first real humanoid robots) have set out to reinvent the wheel, er, the leg, by developing an entirely new shank that more closely replicates human walking. . . . Read Complete Report

From youtube uploaded by Plastic Pals

WABIAN-2RIII walks in place with new shank


Robotics: Students designing an omnidirectional sphere-wheeled electric motorcycle (W/Video)

from GizMag


September 14, 2012

Thanks to gyros, accelerometers and sophisticated control mechanisms, remaining upright on a two-wheeled vehicle is no longer quite the balancing act it might once have been, even when at a standstill. Visions of future mobility like Honda’s U3-X take such ideas in whole new directions, quite literally, by including multi-directional capabilities, and concepts such as Supple go even further still by ditching wheels altogether in favor of balls. It’s this freedom of movement that inspired a group of students from the Charles W Davidson College Of Engineering at San Jose State University to begin work on the ambitious Spherical Drive System (SDS) electric motorcycle. . . . Read Complete Report