30 Jun '16, 9pm

How EPFL Made Pleurobot the Most Salamanderish Robot Ever

EPFL’s Pleurobot is, obviously, our favorite robot salamander . This is likely because it looks so much like a real salamander, but more importantly, it moves just like a real salamander. Or, to be more specific, EPFL has spent years trying to make sure that the way Pleurobot moves is as close to the way that a real salamander moves as possible. In a new paper just published in the Royal Society journal Interface , EPFL researchers describe how they’ve combined “high-speed cineradiography, optimization, dynamic scaling, three-dimensional printing, high-end servomotors, and a tailored dry-suit” to refine their robot to accurately capture the degrees of freedom, range of motion, and gait behaviors of the real animal. Why so much focus on the humble salamander? Primarily, it’s because they’re cute, but there are a variety of much less important considerations that make salama...

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

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