A Better Leg for Bipedial Robots

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Sat, Jun 1st, 2013 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Jason Falconer of IEEE Spectrum, researchers from Waseda University, led by Professor Atsuo Takanishi, have completely redesigned the legs of bipedal robots so that their walking more closely resembles that of humans.

Since bipedal robots took their first steps, the majority has been designed with the same basic joint/actuator configuration in their legs. This design, based on a simplified human leg, uses just six motors (three for the hip, one for the knee, and two for the ankle), and though it proved successful, it has also shown several limitations over the last 25 years. Now researchers at the Humanoid Robotics Institute at Waseda University (the birthplace of the first real humanoid robots) have set out to reinvent the wheel, er, the leg, by developing an entirely new shank that more closely replicates human walking.

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