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A New Class of Inflatable Robots by OtherLab

HizookRobotics (1722346) writes | more than 2 years ago

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HizookRobotics (1722346) writes "I'm really excited about inflatable robots... they have the potential to be low-cost, lightweight, extremely powerful, and yet "human safe" — ie. perfect for many robotics applications. With that in mind, I would like to introduce you to two new inflatable robots: a 15-foot-long walking robot (a Pneubot named Ant-Roach) and a complete, inflatable robot arm (plus hand). Both of these robots were developed by Otherlab as part of their "pneubotics" project (in collaboration with Meka Robotics and Stanford University), with some funding from DARPA's Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program. These robots use textile-based, inflatable actuators that expand upon inflation into specially-designed shapes to effect motion. Since these robots are built out of lightweight fabric-and-air structural members and powered via pneumatics, they exhibit large strength-to-weight ratios. For example, Ant-Roach is less than 70 lbs and can support multiple human riders; the inflatable robot arm is less than 2 lbs and can lift a few hundred pounds at 50-60 psi. Be sure to read on for details and lots of videos!"
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HizookRobotics (1722346) | more than 2 years ago | (#38132610)

Please revise the text as below: I'm really excited about inflatable robots... they have the potential to be low-cost, lightweight, extremely powerful, and yet "human safe" -- ie. perfect for many robotics applications. With that in mind, I would like to introduce you to two new inflatable robots [hizook.com]: a 15-foot-long walking robot (a Pneubot named Ant-Roach [hizook.com]) and a complete, inflatable robot arm (plus hand) [hizook.com]. Both of these robots were developed by Otherlab [otherlab.com] as part of their "pneubotics" project (in collaboration with Meka Robotics [mekabot.com] and Manu Prakash at Stanford University), with some funding from DARPA's Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program [darpa.mil]. These robots use textile-based, inflatable actuators that contract upon inflation into specially-designed shapes to effect motion. Since these robots are built out of lightweight fabric-and-air structural members and powered via pneumatics or hydraulics, they exhibit large strength-to-weight ratios. For example, Ant-Roach is less than 70 lbs and can probably support up to 1000 lbs; the inflatable robot arm is less than 2 lbs and can lift a few hundred pounds at 50-60 psi. Be sure to read on for details and lots of videos!
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