Four-legged robot has put on skates

He developed a method of movement.

Чотириногого робота поставили на ковзани

Swiss engineers have taught a four-legged robot Skaterbot to go ice skating. He independently learns required movements and can adapt to fixed on his leg fixture, wheels, skates. The robot was presented at the world economic forum in Davos, informs Rus.Media.

Often engineers are creating a moving robot, we have to choose between designs of two types: walking chassis or wheeled (and tracked). Each of these designs has several advantages. For example, the presence of several bhatoegana feet allows you to overcome uneven terrain, such as rocks, and the wheels in turn increase the speed of movement on flat surfaces.

Several engineering teams working to create hybrid cracked at the ends of the legs which has wheels. It is expected that this design allows to combine in one work the advantages of both designs. In 2018, a group of engineers under the guidance of Stelena of Koros (Stelian Coros) from ETH Zurich presented a software that allows semi-automatically create walking robots, modify their structure and create an optimal set of moves to maximize the movement.

Due to the fact that the program develops optimal movement for a given structure of work and its trajectory, the engineers managed to create robots of various designs and means of transport, including walking robots with active and passive wheels at the ends of the legs. Recently, the engineers decided to use the feature to teach the robot to move around in the new conditions, using new type of movement. Instead of wheels the developers have secured at the ends of the leg work blades. After training, the robot is able to adapt to the new conditions and has made progress, for which his feet are constantly turning right and left, creating a wave-like motion. Thanks to them, the robot can move forward and even turn in the right direction.

Recently, the work of which slides on the ice, showed company, Pliant Energy Systems. It consists of a housing, the sides of which are flexible fins. Since the swimmers are attached to the body through many actuators the robot can create thanks to them, undulating movements resembling those used for the movement of the rays.