EXPERTS FROM MIT HAVE CREATED A ROBOT THAT CAN MOVE LIKE A SNAKE

Sep

18

2014

Over the past few years, most large research laboratory Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a biological robots that can fly like falcons and swim like a swordfish.

International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, which is taking place this week, from 14 to 18 September 2014, in Chicago, researchers will present their CSAIL new robot that can penetrate into the narrow space. Design robot they borrowed from the tentacles of an octopus, and the form – a snake.

The robot and its “engine” to help him move forward, completely made of silicone with help of 3D-printing. The entire robot is divided into sections in which injected air. As a result, the robot can slide, penetrate into any bottlenecks and change its direction, according newsoffice.mit.edu. He is quite stable with minor collisions and uses them to obtain information about the environment.

To determine the curvature of the body, which is so necessary for a variety of robot movements, have developed sophisticated algorithms.

“If you want to move the robot to a specific point in space, you must define a specific set of curved arcs. It is already a challenge. Now imagine moving in a narrow space like a trumpet and having a number of points which must be attained for a long time. This makes programming much more difficult, “- says one of the developers Andrew Marchese (Andrew Marchese).

The next version of the robot will include the seizure of a finger, which the team will use for lifting and placement of objects.

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