DLR, the German aerospace agency, is showing a new pair of legs. DLR-Biped, which could use a new name, is a four-foot-eight walking research platform that was developed in less than a year.
It was designed to study ways of walking, especially for domestic service robots, according to Plastic Pals, so it doesn't have much in the way of an upper body. Reportedly it is the first bipedal robot with torque-controlled joints -- it has six in each leg, as well as six-axis torque sensors in its feet.
The upper legs were made from existing robot arms, which explains their sort of armlike appearance. The lower legs were designed from scratch.
The upper limbs are definitely from Robonaut2. I've seen pictures of the thing with its white sleeves off and they have the exact same curve, joints, and color.
Also - I am more impressed with Boston Dynamic's PetMan program. Now that is a true pair of legs.
Not sure why this is news other than the fact that Germany is in the hunt for Robotics - Japan and U.S. have had human-assisted/structurally-assisted 'prototypes' for decades - everything from walkers to 'hoppers', etc.....
I don't think that anyone has biped motion, and the article said something about torque controllers in the legs as well, which is a first.
I gotta say though, it's hard to be impressed that it doesn't fall over when it's supported from the top with a couple tethers..
No, Coolhand. The PetMan project has bipedial motion that almost exactly replicates that of a human being. It is incredibly eerie to watch.
Thanks for the heads up SJak, I'll check it out.
Whoa, I just watched a PetMan prototype video on youtube - extremely eerie... but very cool :-) Thanks SJak, I didn't known about it before.
I love that the plan is for robot servants, but ironically you have a guy behind the robot, moving around his support structure. (I know the future won't have this, but it's funny now.)
That's a fancy, over-engineered lookin robot. The check engine light will probably pop on shortly. ; )
With it being supported from above, I see little to speak on, other than to say it does indeed look very similar to Robonaut2 as SJak said; and then there is my instinctive distrust of claims that cannot stand on their own, as it were. I have respected the work coming out of Max Planck for what I've considered very good reasons, and I'm hoping that they are just gearing up for a more independent proof of concept exhibit to come.
I feel like everyone is reinventing the wheel, ASIMO already figured out the walking part, It would be nice if that technology were shared so we can move on to other things.
I would love to see the foot of the biped. I'm curios of the degrees of movement compared to bipeds that did not stand up to gravity. LOL