Researchers at the University of Bielefeld has managed to train a globally unique robot Hector, to walk. Watch the video…
Hector is designed along the lines of a stick insect, has passive-elastic joints and an extremely lightweight exoskeleton. Also equipped with many sensors, uses a biological decentralized control concept, the Walknet.
By 2017 the mobile robot will be equipped with additional skills, in a major project at the Excellence Cluster Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC).
‘The way that the elasticity in Hector’s drives acts is comparable to the way that muscles act in biological systems,’ says Professor Dr. Axel Schneider. He is heading the Biomechatronics research group and is coordinating the CITEC project together with Professor Dr. Volker Dürr from the Department of Biological Cybernetics at the Faculty of Biology. Schneider and his team developed the elastic joint drives themselves. Hector has 18 such joints. Through the biologically inspired elasticity of the drives, Hector can adapt flexibly to the properties of the surfaces over which it is walking.
The first steps of the walking robot Hector:
source University of Bielefeld