Not long ago, bipedal robots that can handle walking with no collapsing were the most improved in the arena of robotics. However, an acrobatic humanoid robot that scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are at work on will give them a run for their money.
The scientists say creating such a humanoid robot that can operate acrobatics, such as front flips and backflips. This is as well as spinning jumps involves methodical approaches across –
- Hardware design
- Motion planning
In their newest study, the scientists have shown a new layout for a humanoid robot. It is an actuator-conscious kino-dynamic motion architect and a landing controller as an element of a functional system design.
These, the scientists say, when put in sync, will permit extremely dynamic motion control of the humanoid robot. And to accomplish this “impulsive motion”, the crew has built two new proprioceptive actuators. Distinct from Boston Dynamics’ ATLAS robot that utilizes hydraulic actuators — which can help attain extremely dynamic activities in any legged robot.
The kino-dynamic motion planner, scientists said, indicates the actuator’s torque, velocity, and power limits. “For the landing control, we efficiently integrate model-predictive control and whole-body impulse control. This is by linking them in a dynamically reliable way to achieve the long-time horizon optimal control. This is along with the high-bandwidth full-body dynamics-based response,” reads the opening of the paper.
The paper titled, ‘The MIT Humanoid Robot: Design, Motion Planning, and Control for Acrobatic Behaviors’. The authors are –
- Matthew Chignoli
- Donghyun Kim
- Elijah Stanger-Jones
- Sangbae Kim
- Post on arXiv.
Also, the aforementioned specifics, the scientists said that with the support of a meticulously designed hardware and control framework. They effectively exhibited dynamic behaviors, backflip, front flips, and spinning jumps in our rational dynamics replication.
The unit has also revealed a video in which an active humanoid robot plays what the scientists expect the machine to do once it’s operational. In the simulation, the robot is seen doing –
- 180-degree spin jump
- Barrel roll
- Hurdle jump
- Lateral hurdle jump
Author Matthew Chignoli says that the main aim of the leg design was to facilitate “heel-to-toe” activities that occur in humans when they walk and run.
“When it comes to the basic abilities of the robot, something we show in simulation should be viable on the robot,” Chignoli adds. “We include in our replication’s comprehensive models for the robot’s actuators and battery. Models that have been proven experimentally. Such comprehensive models are not often consisting of dynamic simulations for robots.”
The report further says that the design of the MIT humanoid robot is full, and the crew intends to develop it over the summer.