Engineers at the University of California San Diego will require any do not need electronic device quadruped, soft they developed a robot. The robot uses compressed air and a valve using the system.
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It works by controlling the air in the legs
The engineers built a valve system that acts as an oscillator and controls the order in which compressed air enters the air-powered muscles of the robot’s four arms. Each of the robot’s four legs has three degrees of freedom, working with three muscles. When pressure is applied to a cylindrical chamber, the limb bends in the opposite direction. In this way, the three sections of each limb are multi-axis bending provides.
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The researchers paired the divisions of each leg diagonally together, simplifying the control problem. The robot is also equipped with simple mechanical sensors and small soft bubbles filled with liquid placed at the ends of the rods protruding from the body. Liquid when pressed into bubbles, the robot to change direction activates a valve that provides
The team fully autonomous He believes it’s a step towards non-electronics robots.
Can be used in places where the operation of electronic devices is not safe
Research team; cheap, simple and reliable systems game and entertainment not purposeful but also MRI He states that it can be used in environments where it is not safe to operate electronic devices such as machines or mining.
Michael T. Tolley, team leader of the study: “With our approach, a very complex robotic brain You can do. Our focus here is the simplest needed to control walking. air-powered nervous system It was to do. “
The team will take the next step, improving the robot’s gait, on natural terrain and uneven surfaces. to move more easily He says they will try to provide.