November 3, 2011 8:58
Modern innovative ideas often get a very unusual and extravagant form. And this striking example is a robot, which we now present to you — walking robot, named BlueBiped, which needs no engine, no power source. BlueBiped robot is the brainchild of researchers from the Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan, at the heart of its design is almost complete imitation of the physiological characteristics of the musculoskeletal system of the person.
His thighs, made of aluminum, their proportions are exactly the human proportions. In addition, the robot has the ankle and knee joints, which give the robot's gait incredible similarity to the human gait. As mentioned above, for the movement of a robot does not need the engine, its entire design is completely passive and does not contain any artificial muscles, computers and other items. Just a little bit to push this design forward and begins a leisurely pace, using only the power of gravity.
For the movement of the robot BlueBiped uses so-called "principle of falling forward," is exactly the same as that used by people leaning slightly forward when walking. Momentum of the first step is carried out using a push and gravity is sufficient to perform the next step, and so on. If the design of the robot motors to add, he can not just move on an inclined surface, but also on the horizontal and even climb Vgoru. But in this case it is "invaded" the territory already occupied by robot MABEL and AlphaDog, but it is not the purpose of this project.
At the trials last year BlueBiped been striding robot continuously for 13 hours at a time without the assistance and intervention of people. During this time, he made about 100 thousand steps and distance traveled was 15 miles. Currently, developers are beginning to think about the commercial use of the ideas implemented in the robot BlueBiped. Slightly modified design that can be worn as an exoskeleton and that can help move people with disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Also in the video clip below, was mentioned the phrase "sports equipment", it means exactly could not figure out, but you can dream up — maybe it's the coaches, robots?