The hottest new robot developed by Stanford Univer

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A new robot developed by Stanford University can be transformed into transformers

on a sunny afternoon recently, engineers at Stanford University charged their latest invention with electricity, turned on several small engines, and watched it walk through a green campus. The skeleton of the flexible robot is composed of flexible fiber tubes filled with air. The small motor moves along the pipe, changing the shape of the robot and making it move. Nathan usevitch, a graduate student majoring in mechanical engineering at Stanford University, said in a draft, "the robot that I should report to the association in advance when I give people any description is a mixture of white and transformers in big hero 6." Usevic participated in this factor 4: the power source (electromechanical) of the tensile testing machine is also called the motor project

researchers published a paper on their invention in the journal Science robotics on Wednesday

the pipes are extruded into triangles by three small machines of portal structure with a capacity of 1 ton or more. One machine connects the two ends of the pipe together, and the other two machines change the shape of the robot by moving the corners of the pipe. Researchers call it "isoperimetric robot", because although the shape changes greatly, the total length of the edge and the amount of air inside remain unchanged

MAC Schwager, an assistant professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, said in a draft, "what excites me is that this robot is actually a group of separate robot rollers, which move the robot together and change its shape." "This helps make it an adaptable and robust system."

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unlike many soft robots that must be connected to air compressors, this human safe robot is unbound

in order to make a more complex robot, researchers connect several triangles together. By coordinating the movement of the motor, the robot can swallow the ball on three sides, which is beneficial to the improvement of the production and manufacturing level of special tires in China and other countries, or change its centroid to roll forward to pick up the ball

this design also allows the machine to surround an object, pick it up, and move it, which is a much more difficult task for robots using pliers. Researchers believe that this robot is an ideal choice for space travel because it is flexible and can be compressed to a very small size

"on another planet, it can use its shape change ability to cross complex environments, squeeze through narrow spaces, and cross obstacles," Zachary Hammond, a graduate student of mechanical engineering at Stanford University, said in a draft

the team combined the design principles of several types of robots and created this new invention: soft robot, truss robot and collective robot. Flexible robots are light and flexible. Truss robots have geometric shapes that can change shapes. Collective robots are small robots that work together

robot researchers are looking for ways to create more humanized robots. Traditional industrial robots are fast and accurate systems based on rigid bodies, which are made for factories and do not interact with people. Soft robots are made of materials with mechanical properties similar to those of humans and animals

the coauthors of this paper include: Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering Sean Falmer, assistant professor of aerospace Mike Schweiger, Professor of mechanical engineering Alison okamra, graduate students Zachary Hammond and Nathan usevich of Stanford University, and assistant professor of mechanical engineering Eliot Hawkes of the University of California, SantaBarbara

this study was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

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