Humanoid robot TORO from Germany




We have already mentioned a few days ago about a rather interesting robot iStruct , developed by the German Research Center of Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). This time, it’s time for a humanoid robot TORO, again, came from Germany – it was designed in the German center of Robotics and Mechatronics DLR. The truth is, the assembly of the robot began in 2009. Then the developers have created a foot DLR-Biped, but now decided to submit it to the robotics upgraded version, which received a new name and a torso – Torque Controlled Humanoid Robot (or TORO).


“Now that the body of the robot is ready, we can start testing for smoothness, speed and precision of his movements,” – says a leading project developer Christian Ott.

“Take, for example, the person who opens the heavy door. Responsible for this process, several dynamic precise actions. Our robot eventually also have to cope with this task. The next step for us is to climb the stairs. Here you need to teach yourself how TORO lift up and at the same time balance as a person. ”


The robot Rollin ‘Justin

A further development of the German Center for Robotics and Mechatronics DLR is a humanoid robot Rollin ‘Justin. As the name implies, the robot moves along the surface by the wheels rather than feet. The development of this type began in 2008 and during that time the team has improved his mechanics significantly. In fact TORO – it’s a hybrid of the DLR-Biped legs and the top of the Rollin ‘Justin, with the head, torso, and a pair of lightweight hand. The idea is to make the DLR TORO much more high-tech, compared with the same or Justin Japanese humanoid ASIMO , teaching him to perform more complex tasks.


Robot Evolution: from DLR-Beped sample of 2009 to 2013 model TORO

Look at the prototype of DLR-Biped with set top part can be in the video.

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