Halluc II - 8 legs like insects vehicle robot

On 2007 July 25th, The Chiba Institute of Technology announced the robot “Halluc II” a robotic vehicle with eight wheels and legs designed to drive or walk over rugged terrain. It runs to cross direction, it turns, you said that the difference in level is gotten over, in the former automobile it has the portable ability not to be able to actualize. From the fact that it can travel even at the place where it has not paved and the place where it has the obstacle, it's very suitable to use as a special vehicle and the welfare vehicle such as rescue car. The developers aim toward the utilization of 5 years later.

 There are 3 modes depending on the terrain — Vehicle, Insect or Animal mode.

With “vehicle mode” using eight wheels, it moves. While by the fact that you adjust the height of the respective foot, maintaining the height of the body uniformly also it is possible to get over the difference in level.

While “insect mode”, without using the wheel, like the insect moving the joint, it moves.

Animal mode” in order to walk when you supply the foot under the substance, can move the narrow place. Other than various sensors, it loads also the camera and wireless LAN function e.g., distance to the obstacle is checked.

According to Mr. Yoshida, chief researcher at Chiba Institute of Technology’s Future Robotics Technology Center (fuRo), the expensive price tag of high-precision motors poses some challenges, but as costs come down in the future, it will become easier to incorporate greater numbers of motors into drive systems. Halluc II appears to be a more advanced version of fuRo’s 8-wheeled Hallucigenia01 robot created in 2003.

In designing Halluc II, the researchers have enlisted the help of renowned industrial designer Shunji Yamanaka, who has worked on everything from furniture and watches to robots and transportation. “Human beings have a large number of muscles, which allows for a great degree of freedom,” says Yamanaka. “By incorporating greater redundancy into the vehicle’s functions, we can give it more flexibility and speed and enable it to continue operating even when obstacles are in the way.”

Halluc II’s design calls for a total of 56 motors — 2 for each leg joint (3 joints per leg), plus 1 for each wheel. Equipping each joint with 2 motors provides the legs with abundant power and allows for a smoother ride, say the researchers, who have devoted a great deal of attention to the cutting-edge multi-motor control system, a key component of Halluc II’s design.

Furuta of the Chiba Institute of Technology as for your 之 future robot technology center chief said, “but under present conditions as for price of the high accuracy motor high price, if in the future it becomes cheap, it reaches the point where it can make the portable system which utilizes the multi motors simple”, that explaining the intention of development. Predominance of the thing which it precedes develops multi motor control technologies was appealed. As for “Halluc II” the cooperation development with Siyunzi Yamanaka industrial designer. As for Yamanaka there are many muscles “in the human, are that much degree of freedom. By the fact that redundancy can be given even in function of the car, being able to do soft thing, being able to move quickly, breaking down that it moves and can continue” you talked possibility.

 The exhibition “of Halluc II” is scheduled to be started at Miraikan in Tokyo from August 1st. The cockpit for operation can be prepared, while looking at the image from the robot which is projected to the semi- spherical screen of diameter approximately 160cm can operate. The controlling device [haputeitsuku] where fourth feedback function is attached (the inner force sense) has become the device, the operator bodily sensation can do the impact which the robot receives. At the exhibit, visitors will be allowed to operate the vehicle from a remote-control cockpit with a large screen showing real-time video shot from the onboard camera.

Via : ItPro

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