Saturday, November 28, 2015

Walk-Man: A humanoid robot that could replace firefighters and bomb disposal experts

Technological advancements have given man the ability to make life size robots that can replace men from performing many life threatening jobs like a bomb disposal expert, a firefighter or even soldiers.

Here is Walk-Man: An engineering and technological marvel and a humanoid robot that they say can operate human tools and interact with its environment in the same way a person would. The engineers hope their Walk-Man robot will prove a more effective design for search and rescue situations where it's too dangerous for humans to venture.

Walk-Man is a 6ft tall, 260 lbs robot with a stereo vision system and rotating laser scanner and is able to use its arms, legs and feet for stability and balance.

The robot has been developed by the Italian Institute of Technology and University of Pisa, which have been working on this humanoid since 2013 and created the first prototype for the DARPA Robotics challenge finals in June.

Watch a demonstration video of Walk-Man:
To further perfect the movements of the Walk-Man, algorithms are being developed to give the robot more rapid manipulation skills, combined with reflexive behaviors that will help it cope with uneven terrain and rapid start and stop gait transitions.

Read more about it at: Daily Mail

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