New theory to explain how robots can start to move more like humans
The humanoid robot market is poised for significant growth over the next few years, but robots are not yet as mobile as they would need to be for applications in healthcare or disaster response. Improving their ability to traverse a wide range of environments quickly and safely is crucial. The primary goal of the EU-funded M-Runners project is to develop a new theory of nonlinear vibrations for rigid-elastic systems, both biological and robotic. Deeper understanding of the body mechanical resonance properties will greatly facilitate control of locomotion. The project targets use of robots for exploring hard-to-reach locations and uneven terrains in Mars.
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