Updated Humanoid Robot WALK-MAN from IIT
The humanoid robot WALK–MAN was first presented in June 2015 during DARPA Robotics Challenge. After this, engineers began to work on improving the features of the robot. Actually, it is a large project including research of many institutes and universities. The group contributed to the development of various qualities of the robot: from modelling to locomotion and manipulation. Nowadays it has received the last update to become really useful in the disaster zones.
The most important innovations
The WALK–MAN has a few equipment upgrades. First of all, a recycled aluminium frame with impurities of magnesium alloys and titanium. These materials eliminated 31 kilograms of WALK–MAN, reducing its weight to 102 kg. Therefore, the robot has become faster and more capable of keeping balance. These are extremely essential qualities for working in the disaster zones. Even with a battery of 1kW / s WALK–MAN will be able to work for around 2 hours.
The first WALK–MAN was by far not the thinnest humanoid robot, but the updated version is more compact, which facilitates its passage through the doorways. IIT collaborated with the University of Pisa to develop biomorphic hands with 19 degrees, which can reliably capture a great deal of things and carry 10 kg for about 10 min.
To present the new opportunities, WALK–MAN took part in a scenario simulating an industrial plant with gas leaks and fire in here. This is one of the situations where it is undesirable to send people, and robots would be more useful than ever.