29 May '15, 3pm

Video Friday: Aerial Manipulator, Car-Removal Robot, Robotic Limbs, and More From ICRA 2015

Video Friday: Aerial Manipulator, Car-Removal Robot, Robotic Limbs, and More From ICRA 2015

This paper presents a novel approach to balance assistance and joint load reduction for human bipedal walking. We introduce a new type of wearable robot, called Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRL), that provides two additional legs for augmenting stability and reducing the loads on human leg joints. Unlike exoskeletons, the SRL is kinematically independent of the human skeletal structure, and can therefore take an arbitrary posture to provide optimal assistance in coordination with human motions. Furthermore, unlike crutches, canes, and other balance assistance equipment, the SRL can provide balancing support autonomously and thereby free the human arms from holding those tools. First, the new design concept and balance assistance strategy are described, followed by kinematic and static modeling. Two gait patterns of the combined human and SRL are discussed. Optimal gait syn...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hard...

Tweets

Robotic Cockroach Launches Robotic Bird Off of ...

spectrum.ieee.org 26 May '15, 1am

We’ve written before about the advantages of multi-modal robots : by combining two different forms of locomotion in one pl...

Robotic Cockroach Launches Robotic Bird Off of ...

spectrum.ieee.org 26 May '15, 12am

We’ve written before about the advantages of multi-modal robots : by combining two different forms of locomotion in one pl...

Self-Healing Actuators Make Breaking Your Robot No Big Deal

Self-Healing Actuators Make Breaking Your Robot...

spectrum.ieee.org 29 May '15, 1am

Robots tend to spend a lot of the time broken. This isn’t just because they break a lot (although they do break a lot), bu...

Origami Robot Folds Itself Up, Does Cool Stuff,...

spectrum.ieee.org 28 May '15, 7pm

At ICRA 2015 in Seattle yesterday, researchers from MIT demonstrated an untethered miniature origami robot that self-folds...

MIT's cheetah robot is a marvel of engineering.

inhabitat.com 31 May '15, 3am

is also battery powered. It currently gets about 15 minutes’ run time out of one charge. Similar four-legged machines run ...

Origami Robot Folds Itself Up, Does Cool Stuff,...

spectrum.ieee.org 30 May '15, 9am

At ICRA 2015 in Seattle yesterday, researchers from MIT demonstrated an untethered miniature origami robot that self-folds...