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October 31 12:33

This is a robot that relies on human reflexes

That's how machine maintains its own balance.
Photo: João Ramos with his creation
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Today, it seems that technology has stepped forward, and robotics has reached incredible heights. It's true. However, robots are still quite helpless. If there wasn't a possibility to rely on human reflexes, robots would have fallen all the time.
Today's actual bivalve robots are more suitable than anyone else for navigation in the human environment, but they are still inferior to the quadrupedal or wheeled robots despite their complex algorithms of maintaining their own balance.
In order to solve this problem, researchers from MIT and the University of Illinois-Campine have created a unique system of human-robot hybrid. Perhaps today the need for such robots seems insignificant, but in fact it is rather high, explained University of Illinois-Campine's João Ramos from University of Illinois-Campine, co-creator of the system with MIT's Sangbae Kim. In a recent press release they stated: "We were motivated by watching the 2011 Tohoku, Japan, earthquake, tsunami and subsequent Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster unfold. We thought that if a robot could have entered the power plant after the disaster, things could have ended differently"
The new robot is called Little Hermes, and it connects directly to the operator, who at the same time stands in a special vest on the pressure plate.  The robot is able to make the same movements as the operator almost instantly.
There is a constant feedback not only between the operator and the robot, but also the other way around. For example, if the robot encounters an obstacle, this feeling will be transmitted through the vest to the operator, and they will be able to take appropriate measures.
Such robots can be useful in dangerous rescue operations, because the communication technology includes not only the legs, but also arms. Today, the additional features of the new robot can be found in the publication of the work of researchers in Science Robotics magazine.