In the recent DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) held in Florida, among the entries had an ape like construction but went like a spider. The entrance, called RoboSimian, was constructed by engineers from NASA’s Jet-Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Stanford University.
The robot stands 1.64 meters tall and was created to help in serious scenarios, ranging from a nuclear meltdown to the consequences of a bomb explosion. Because of robots like these, people WOn’t need to risk their lives going into such surroundings that are dangerous. The first rounds of the DRC have cleared and will be participating in the finals at the end of this year. The RoboSimian team had to go against 15 other teams to get a spot in the finals. First rounds contained fundamental jobs like turning wheels, opening doors, scaling ladders and clambering through obstructions. The complicated jobs called for joining a fire hose to a faucet, removing debris, breaking through a wall and driving an emergency vehicle.
The robot has 28 degrees of freedom allowing for mobility which lets the robot fold into a comparatively modest volume, making it simple to transport and weighs 238 pounds. The four arms are used for multiple functions including, letting and supporting the robot’s weight, lifting objects, opening doors the RoboSimian to walk like a spider. Two of the arms open doors, have three fingers each to handle things and perform other jobs where human hands would be needed. RoboSimian is constructed to be controlled remotely by people using mouse, keyboard and a computer screen.
The apelike droid came with 14 points in 5th at the first rounds of the DRC. The contest was conceived following the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, Japan. RoboSimian, alongside the other finalists, supply us with a peek into the future of robotics and they can be used to help people.