Featured Image: Front view of the first generation humanoid robot Atlas, created in 2013 by DARPA and Boston Dynamics Credit: DARPA. [DARPA website] Source: Wikipedia (Public Domain)
GizMag By David Szondy
January 23, 2015
Like a teenager going off to college, DARPA’s Atlas robot has cut the tether and is walking on its own without a safety line. The centerpiece of this year’s DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), the upgraded Atlas robotwas unveiled to the competing teams in Waltham, Massachusetts last week during a technical shakeout.
Developed for DARPA by Boston Dynamics, the 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 345 lb (156.5 kg) bipedal, humanoid Atlas robot is designed for exploring ways to use robots in disaster situations – especially where navigating debris and using tools or found objects is necessary. According to DARPA, the upgrades to the Atlas increase its efficiency, dexterity, and resilience, with 75 percent of it replaced with new components and only the lower legs and feet remaining from the original design. . . . Read Complete Report
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Featured Image: TOPIO (“TOSY Ping Pong Playing Robot”) is a bipedal humanoid robot designed to play table tennis against a human being. TOPIO version 3.0 at Tokyo International Robot Exhibition, Nov 2009. CREDIT: Humanrobo SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license). FOR ILLUSTRATION ONLY.
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From Phys.org Jun 02, 2013 by Nancy Owano
(Phys.org) —Researchers designing adult bipedal robots have faced a challenge in limitations in a robot’s walking pattern. They seek ways to improve on designs to have robots move more naturally. Improving the walking function has been the goal of researchers at the Humanoid Robotics Institute at Waseda University in Japan. Last month, led by Professor Atsuo Takanishi, the team presented the results of their efforts at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Germany. What they achieved more closely replicates normal human foot movements than before. . . Read Complete Report
From youtube uploaded by Plastic Pals on May 30, 2013
WABIAN-2RIII walks in place with new shank