The new DURUS robot actually walks like a human being while wearing shoes. This is the ultimate thing in AI so far.
Researchers have made what looks like the first walking robot. It is in fact the most efficacious walking humanoid that has been devised thanks to science and the scientific method. Most of the robots you find today are hunched-up creepazoids that amble along on flat feet. Yet this robot is different. Created at Georgia Tech, this man-made machine strolls on and on like any pedestrian would do so on the sidewalk.
The legs and chest of the DURUS robot are long and upright. Every time it takes a step, it lands on its heel. Next it pushes off into the next step via its toe. The robot even has a pair of joggers on its mechanical feet.
As it walks on the treadmill provided at the AMBER Lab, the onlookers cannot believe their eyes. This robot is able to take lengthier strides and its steps are also quicker than previous robots. It seems to imitate human locomotion down to the last tiniest details.
The goal is to make it self-reliant and thus able to walk unaided in the outside world. Robotic walking is normally accomplished via an inverted pendulum model.
Primitive algorithms are often used to create locomotion machines. The hunched look however had been something which could not be gotten rid of so far. Yet now even that major hindrance has been overcome.
This latest Georgia Tech robot walked with flat feet about seven days ago. However, then its feet were constructed in such a way that it could wear joggers and simply go for a routine walk. Various algorithms were used to hone the process to a razor blade.
There are even springs between the ankles and feet. While we human beings take walking for granted, in reality bipedalism is a very complex maneuver that is hard to pull off with success.
The DURUS robot does not need a power supply cord from the outside. It is self-sufficient in its requirements. Thus we see that flat-footed robots were just the beginning of what today has become an exact replica of human locomotion among AI machines. Such robots may be used to act like prosthetic devices and as exoskeletons in the near future.
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