Engineers develop autonomous ‘soft robot’ for extreme conditions




Researchers from Harvard University have managed to create, which can be extreme conditions and can be for example. Persuade exposed a flexible autonomous robot In future, such kind could assist in rescue operations. Robot support

The researchers from Harvard University have for the first time made ​​a great functioning wireless soft robot. The design carries all the necessary equipment on its top, where it is a micro compressors, batteries and controllers. The scientists were taking against obstacles, the robot had to have different characteristics in order to carry smaller robots with soft wire the components. Among other had the rubber more power can tolerate. Was chosen silicone rubber with microtubes glass. The bottom side is provided with a Kevlar layer.

The robot is about half a meter long, has four ‘legs’ and is moving forward with creeping movements. The researchers hope that such a wireless robot can assist with rescue missions. Support in the future If certain situations, for example, too risky for humans, the robot can be used without danger. It must then be considered scenarios like burning buildings and vacant chemicals. In not all cases, traditional robots can be used, for example ruspbanden.

The robot is exposed to more than one situation. So it can be said to maneuver through the snow and is water resistant. In the demonstration video also shows how the robot literally go through fire and run over by a car. In all situations, however, it is the soft legs, and not the electronics, which are tested. It is then also to a prototype. Harvard writes that there is still much to be improved, such as the increase of the speed of the robot.

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