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Walking HECTOR Robot Inspired By Stick Insect 46

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the doomed-by-magnifying-glass dept.
Zothecula writes "In an effort to understand how animals move elegantly and in turn provide robots with the same ability, researchers at the University of Bielefeld's Center of Excellence 'Cognitive Interaction Technology' (CITEC) have developed the hexapod walking robot called HECTOR (Hexapod Cognitive autonomously Operating Robot). Designed within CITEC's multi-disciplinary Mulero project, the robot possesses the scaled up morphology of a stick insect and will be used as a test bed in various departments and projects at the University."
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Walking HECTOR Robot Inspired By Stick Insect

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  • 1) Where I can buy one?
    2) Can be controlled by USB or radio link?
    3) Can be equipped with solid-state kilowatt-class lasers?
    4) Can deal with my neighbors?
    5) A optional rocket launcher interface would be useful
    • by ackthpt (218170)

      1) Where I can buy one?

      2) Can be controlled by USB or radio link?

      3) Can be equipped with solid-state kilowatt-class lasers?

      4) Can deal with my neighbors?

      5) A optional laser would be useful

      FTFY

    • I see you've played Earth 2150 too. That thing looks just like a Spider chassis. Plasma or rockets are your choice, or machine guns if you're poor, and some shields would be nice too.

    • by Phoghat (1288088)
      They're not exactly the same but you can go over to The Make Magazine Maker Shed Store [makershed.com] and buy a kit to make The Inchworm [makershed.com] or the Twitchie Scorpion [makershed.com] I'm sure that you'll find that things such as 1 Kw lasers or ground to ground missiles might be optional.
  • by Drakkenmensch (1255800) on Monday April 18, 2011 @10:39AM (#35855974)
    Looks like Luthor reactivated the Heart of Darkness.
  • Me: "So, what's your kink?"

    University of Bielefeld: "We're into sticks."

  • He was spelling it wrong! Citec Astronomy, then. Now, what does that decode to...?

  • by Sitnalta (1051230) on Monday April 18, 2011 @11:05AM (#35856166)

    Wow, the paint job and vacuum-molded parts are amazing. This is truly a piece of contemporary art. I like how it speaks to the University of Bielefeld's futile desire to build a working robot.

    • by ackthpt (218170)

      Wow, the paint job and vacuum-molded parts are amazing. This is truly a piece of contemporary art. I like how it speaks to the University of Bielefeld's futile desire to build a working robot.

      Sure looks more professional than the goofy dancing robot from japan. I'm more likely to favor a spider for a robot than an insect, spiders get into everything. Those extra legs work pretty well in the front for exploring, testing, etc.

      Undoubtably, though, the true test of a robot is What does it do when it finds itself on its back?

  • Let's see it walk (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 18, 2011 @11:06AM (#35856176)

    No where in the video of this walking robot does it actually walk.

    Towards the end, there is some sluggish, jerky movement of a single leg 'walking' though.

    How exciting!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The google ad directly below the video was for Ortho Bug-B-Gone. Should we be preparing?

  • It would be fun to watch them battle it out.

    Autonomous
    Cognitive
    Hexapod
    Integrated... something something. [They were never really specific on which Homer they were talking about]
    • by wierd_w (1375923)

      That would be the optional head mounted laser system.

      Autonomous
      Cognitive
      Hexapod
      Intgrated
      Laser
      Light
      Emission
      Subsystem

  • by rMortyH (40227) on Monday April 18, 2011 @11:55AM (#35856976)

    Did anyone else notice that it DOESN'T MOVE?

    Nice 2:45 video with the usual pornography-inspired music track, but no movement. No 'Robot in action', just a disembodied leg on a treadmill.

    Not to knock these guys too much, this is really typical of the robot industry right now. You go to a robot show or conference, and all the 'state of the art' robots are sitting there completely lifeless and no one has "permission from management" to turn them on.

    Come on guys, if the industry is going to go anywhere you're going to have to ignore your lawyers and put the batteries in! Otherwise, how do we know you're not bluffing?

  • It's a bit amusing how everyone in the video is acting as if this is a major achievement in robotics and a really fascinating research experiment, while everyone and their mom have been building hexapods for years. Examples: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msaWXY3OuQQ [youtube.com] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Soq9qpK5Ac [youtube.com] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MC3IkTxBTU [youtube.com] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oXuSXCKJeY [youtube.com]
  • It's autonomous. It just has no life goals and robot conventions just make it sleepy. Waking it up just makes it grouchy.

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