Italian Scientists Develop Walk-Man Robot That Uses Hands, Arms, Legs, and Feet

Published by , November 30, 2015 11:30 am

(Reuters) — Scientists from the Italian Institute of Technology and University of Pisa in Italy have developed Walk-Man, a humanoid robot that can operate human tools and interact with its environment in the same way a person would. To effectively navigate through tricky environments, Walk-Man uses all of its limbs to demonstrate whole-body motion dynamics. Using its hands, arms, legs and feet, Walk-Man can maintain a more stable and balanced motion by reaching out to support itself while overcoming obstacles.

Lead researcher Nikos Tsagarakis said, “There’s one factor that everyone agrees, that actually our world, our environment, it was designed for our body basically. So, we have tools that are designed to be grasped by humanoid, human hands. You also have or access paths that are actually appropriate for our body forms. So it means that if you build a robot that has a very similar form, you need to adapt less the environment in order to have this robot operational within such a space.”

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