Scranton, Ohio (WiredPRNews.com) — A team from The Netherlands, lead by project leader Daan Hobbelen, has created such a modern day advanced technology that they have earned top recognition and high expectations. For Hobbelen, the scope of work and the end result has earned him a Ph.D. which he will be accepting this week. What is the innovative technological creation?
A robot named “Flame” is said be the first robot who’s walk directly simulates that of a human gait. As the most advanced robot of its kind, engineers find it difficult to mimic a human’s walk as the end results a usually limited in range of motion and appear mechanical. A statement by researchers at TU Delft in The Netherlands noted that the human walk is “really very similar to falling forward in a controlled fashion. Adopting this method replaces the cautious, rigid way in which robots walk with the more fluid, energy-efficient movement used by humans.”
At 4 feet tall and 40 pounds, Flame can walk at 1 mph and walk down a flight of steps “as long as they’re not more than one-third of an inch (8 mm),” according to LiveScience.com. An internal sensor keeps the robot stable while using several joints run off of springs. According to Hobbelen, “Flame is the most advanced walking robot in the world, at least in the category of robots which apply the human method of walking as a starting principle.”
The creation of this robot will aid in improved training as well as innovative, cutting-edge rehabilitation equipment.