Recently, the technology sector pulled back from making all the robots look like people and animals. Now researchers interesting flexible mechanisms that the result is able to penetrate into tight places and crawl where normal robots would simply not fit. Recently the staff of Cambridge University and their Japanese colleagues created a LEeCH robot, who, though created from conventional shower hoses, but demonstrates an amazing ability to crawl on vertical walls.
According to the developers, this is the first flexible robot is able to move freely on the surface of walls by means of suction cups. Its creation was inspired by worms, octopuses, leeches, and, strange as it may sound, the shower hose. The report team under the leadership of Tomoaki Masimo said that animals was the inspiration for their implementation of the suckers.
These organisms make full use of the full potential, provide them with soft structures.
PhD, time dilation in Tokyo Jupiter Canada, in turn, shared that the creation of the main parts of the robot that holds all the parts together, he was inspired while taking a shower.
When I accidentally turned on the faucet to maximum, the shower hose was like he found his own life. Came to me the idea that if I learned how to manipulate them, I could build a robot with dynamic motion of the living being.
In the end, all turned out well — as seen in the video, the robot can easily be moved on the walls. In the future, it can be used in the repair of buildings, technical inspection of complex mechanisms and in search and rescue operations. In the near future, the developers want to increase the maneuverability of the robot, because at the moment he still has limitations in movement. Also it is important to increase its stability when extended to the maximum.
Many probably already looking forward to the day when robots would really be assistants to the people, and begin to do the work of nannies, nurses, and other staff. On this subject we have excellent materialthat you can read right now.