If you liked C.R.A.B. Robotic System, then you would also like DLR’s Body Robots in the shape of upper and lower body of human beings.
DLR’s Upper and Lower Body Robots is the name given to the latest invention and this might have given a clue of what it is all about. Instead of making a whole robot, this time we have a robot with a separate upper and lower body.
Perhaps, the idea is to make the robot perform even the minutest jobs of the upper body and lower body with ease. Looking at these two robots, anyone would feel that they are meant to be fitted together and work together. Kids especially think that it is a game-like robot, in which they are supposed to join them first before using them.
Now, elaborating a bit, we are talking about Rollin’ Justin and the DLR-Biped robots. The former is the humanoid upper body fixed on a set of wheels with a super dynamic suspension whereas, the latter is a humanoid lower body that has been designed by experts to walk with ease. Both these amazing robots have been created by none other than the Mechatronics division of the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft and Raumfahrt.
The main idea behind the formation of these robots has been derived from the earlier created arms and hands by DLR. After this, the makers constructed the Biped in a duration of about 10 months. Recently, it seemed that most robot-makers are making the same sort of robots but with the invention of DLR’s Upper and Lower Body Robots everything has come afresh.
The DLR’s Biped is a repurposed lightweight arm that was developed by DLR before. This time in the form of a lower body robot, DLR’s Biped walks pretty fast to perform various walking tasks. Watching it work minutely, you will realize that its steps are remarkable with its feet measuring about 10cms across.
On the other hand, Rollin Justin’s metallic blue skin can be replaced with a mild grey body to make Nextage from Kawada or a Motoman SD-10. This upper body robot offers perfect coordination between its spring dampened wheels and arms. Interestingly, both these robots come with impressive use of visual cues.
DLR’s Rollin’ Justin is capable of autonomously locating objects in a field of vision of 0:45 with the acuity to avoid colliding objects because it performs manual tasks with its hands. It has been revealed that Biped was developed for the purpose of studying the walking motion of human beings.
The makers of these robots still have a dream to make more robots like Rollin’ Justin to form a complete humanoid robot. It seems that DLR is focused to continue exploring world class humanoid robots every now and then to surprise us like it did this time with the invention of Upper and Lower Body robots.
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