The team of researchers has created a framework for autonomous bipedal robotic locomotion using a wheeled platform – in other words, a robot that can use InMotion Hovershoes. The framework includes a computer vision system, a path planner and a feedback control system.
The researchers note that while using legs is efficient when traveling over rough and discrete terrain, wheeled locomotion is more efficient when traveling over flat, continuous terrain.
As you’ll see in the video above, lots of work went into training the robot on how to properly navigate uneven terrain, deal with obstacles and lean into corners. A patient lift was even used as a mobile fall arrest system but didn’t support the robot in any way.
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