Professor Jonathan Hurst, right, tinkers with MABEL, a humanoid robot that has a natural human gait. MABEL can walk, run, and climb stairs using a natural spring in its joints. (Source: Oregon State University)
Very nice and interesting article. I always enjoy reading the robot stories. This one is really interesting kind of makes me think irobot. Before me know it will be hard to tell a robot from a real human. I'm planning on working on my PhD and my thesis idea is based on one of the mimicking robots.
Hi Ann, Your quite welcome about the link. I find the subject of robotics to be fascinating and it has no application boundaries. The articles you write definitely illustrates that! Keep them coming!!!
I agree with both you and Charles about robotics research not under Military eyes. Occassionally its nice to see robotics being used in a non destructive capacity. Also, here's a link on Oregon State University Robotics Lab. Keep the robotics articles coming. I really enjoy them.
Great point about the effect of the research on the design of prosthetic limbs. Wearers of prostheses often have to deal with a very unnatural gait that's caused by their prosthetic legs. Many take a step and then swing the prostheses, which is said to be terribly uncomfortable for them. If an engineer could design a limb that provides a natural gait, that would be huge step forward.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
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