When I was your age, to get to school I had to walk uphill both ways, frequently during snowstorms. (It was good exercise.) Imagine walking downhill both ways — how easy that would be! Gravity would be a friend and not a foe! It's so simple, even this bodyless robot can do it. Its golf club legs can amble in perpetuity, powered by nothing but its own forward momentum.
This robot has only mechanical parts, which have been designed to mimic the lower limbs of a human in both form and function. It has thighs, shins and ankles, and it tips the scale around the weight of an average human. It was designed at Nagoya Institute of Technology's Sano Lab, which put it through some impressive paces in a walking test — it set a Guinness World Record by walking continuously for 13 hours, taking 100,000 steps and covering 15 kilometers, according to the video news site DigInfo.
This type of forward falling motion is not exactly a new concept — when I was your age, I had a Slinky, too — but it's an interesting reminder that robotic technology doesn't necessarily need tons of servos and articulated limbs to accomplish a complex task. Three simple joints are enough to keep the robot moving almost perpetually, as long as it has a slight downward grade on which to walk. There are no computer chips or electronics at all, other than those on the treadmill.
The designers envision deploying the robot's walking strategy in sporting equipment, according to DigInfo. We can also imagine it doing quite well in games of robotic endurance, in which competitive bots walk a marathon and kick soccer balls around. The design might also someday be used as a prosthetic device or artificial legs. Check it out:
Chopped in half walking robot seems to have a happy little human walking gate. This is cool in how it takes advantage of natural gravity for its movement. This is excellent mechanical engineering.
The good news is if they build an army of these to invade us, all we have to do is get uphill from them.
You wouldnt be able to push this thing backwards.
And there is the fact that he keeps pushing it forward as well. There is a little known energy involved here called Entropy.
This is just a skeleton frame. Once they begin adding power assistance attach to this skeleton frame and some gyro's to keep it up or some other kind of auto balancing system, this robot is going to be so nibble in its ability.
These engineers are great!
seems like it walks more like a gorilla than a person to me
What's wrong with a good old wheel? They can also go backwards.
A wheel is wonderful; it makes the robot function. Understanding of the wheel and all the mechanical forces come forward so important in humanities growth. I love the wheel! The wheel is beautiful and the robot is our future extension of us humans too! The robot will put us humans in places us humans choose not to go or work we choose not to do, but all is so important to accomplish.
Something that bugged me was that it was only walking on a treadmill. Does it actually work on real slope that is a mile long? The treadmill pushes the mechenoid up and that upward push is converted into potential energy which allows it to "fall" continuously. In a real slope, that upward push isn't around.
Keep in mind there are many people who would gladly take a robots place. For progress something must be lost.
I am all for those who need enhance electronics or robotics to make their own lives better. I do not know what you read or understood, but I hardly support helping others!
xalar, It would work on a slope a mile long because an increase in height is an increase in potential energy. The potential energy would be turned into kinetic energy the whole way down the mile long slope.
The power source is called "gravity".
There have been all sorts of toys like this for years that do the same sort of thing.
A ball doesn't even need a "push" to get rolling.
So the object is to find a path that is forever declining, hook a kinetic charger to this thing, and siphon off the energy right?
Objects in orbit are always falling right? if you put this thing into some kind of sphere that was orbiting us, thus turning, creating a kind of "slope" inside for this thing to walk on... we could harness the energy of the earths gravity itself right?
fyi it's even this bodiless not even this bodyless change the y to a i
Quote, "The robot will put us humans in places us humans choose not to go or work we choose not to do, but all is so important to accomplish."
That is where I got the idea from. I was basically referencing the creation of the assembly line. Thinking about it know, people wouldn't work at a place that is a 'enter and die' hazard zone. (i.e.: super radiation, apocalyptic plague container, yada yada yada)
I can go buy a 99 cent ball from Walmart and it will run downhill forever too.