#科技头条#【超灵活四足机器人:会爬会跑会乘电梯】

#科技头条#【超灵活四足机器人:会爬会跑会乘电梯】瑞士苏黎世联邦理工大学的研究团队开发了一款名为ANYmal的四足行走机器人。在实验中,ANYmal顺利完成开门、扔垃圾、拿水杯、自主乘坐电梯等动作,成功抵挡住试图推倒它的人。它能以与人类相当的速度移动,载重22磅,能自主穿越各种地形,例如上下楼梯,越过障碍物以及爬进狭小的空间。与市场上其他四足机器人相比,它更小更轻,研究者希望ANYmal能在危险的环境中发挥作用。

 

Meet the 'ANYmal': Creepy robotic dog that can crawl, walk and run shown fending off humans who try to push it over

  • Swiss scientists built a robotic quadrupedal robot that can fend off humans
  • A new video shows 'ANYmal' turning a door handle, walking through the door and walking uninterrupted after it's forcefully pushed over by a human
  • Its creators hope the robot can be used to navigate dangerous environments 

Scientists have unveiled a quadrupedal robot that can open doors, ride an elevator and, in perhaps one of the creepiest scenarios, move uninterrupted after being pushed over by a human.

Called the 'ANYmal,' the device is described as an autonomous robot that can navigate nearly any terrain, including ones deemed unsafe for human entry.

Anymal's robotic limbs allow it to move at a pace that's comparable to that of a human and it can carry a payload of up to 22lbs.

It was developed by Robotic Systems Lab at ETH Zurich University in Switzerland and has been shown in several videos completing various tasks.

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The latest clip shows Anymal using an articulated arm to turn a door handle, then push the door open with ease.

As it walks down a hall, a human gives Anymal a good push, which doesn't seem to phase the robot.

Another video shows Anymal riding an elevator without any human assistance.

It summons an elevator by extending one of its articulated arms and pressing a button.

The elevator doors open and, in somewhat frightening speed and accuracy, Anymal steps into the elevator.

These frightening scenarios - riding an elevator and fending off a human's push - are likely what earned Anymal a brief cameo on the sci-fi TV show 'The X-Files.'

'The robot Anymal runs down a dark hallway, chasing agents Scully and Mulder in a nerve-racking pursuit,' Peter Fankhauser, research assistant in Robotics at ETH Zurich, said in a blog post.

'For decades, people are fascinated by robots, and this fascination has not worn off. So when we got a call with the question if our robotic platform Anymal could be part of the X-Files, we were super excited.'

But its creators believe it could have more practical applications than starring on Hollywood screens.

A variety of on-board sensors and cameras enable Anymal to autonomously navigate through numerous terrains, such as 'moving up and down stairs, climbing over obstacles, steps and gaps, and crawling into tight spaces.'

It's able to do this by using sensors to continuously scan its environment for any obstacles, so that it can find a safe path, even in the most complex places.

ETH Zurich believes Anymal would be best suited for use in inspecting oil and gas sites, especially those that may be too dangerous for humans.

'A high-end RGB zoom camera can collect rich information from large distances,' the Anymal website reads.

'Computer vision algorithms interpret the images to read out the state of components such as analog gauges, liquid level meters and valve lever positions.'

It can also conduct remote temperature readings, as a way to detect fires before they occur.

What's more, Anymal is able to carry a glass of water without spilling a drop, or help humans carry a heavy load.

As of yet, it's unclear how much Anymal costs.

However, it is smaller and more lightweight compared to other quadrupedal robots on the market, like the Spot Mini, which means that when it does become available, it could be a big help to humans.

原文链接:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6203513/Creepy-robotic-dog-crawl-walk-run-shown-fending-humans-try-push-over.html


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