Forschung // 21. Februar 2005
Efficient Bipedal Robots Based on Passive-Dynamic Walkers
S. Collins, A. Ruina, R. Tedrake, M. Wisse
Science 307, 1082 (2005)
In the 18 February 2004 issue of Science, Collins et al. report a new finding with implications for the development of better humanoid robots. By extending gravitationally propelled bipedal passive-dynamic walkers first developed in the 1990s, and adding simple powered actuators and controllers, the team has been able to fashion robots with improved energy efficiency compared with conventional walking robots, which commonly require large amounts of energy and complex control mechanisms. The products of the new study were also captured in action on a number of video clips, posted on Science Online.