Robots are getting smarter and more capable by the day, and Professor Hwangbo Jemin’s research team at the KAIST Department of Mechanical Engineering is leading the charge. In a huge step forward for robotic development, the team have recently announced the development of a new control technology that will allow robots to walk robustly with agility on deformable terrain, such as a sandy beach.
Until now, control technologies have been limited in their ability to manoeuvre on soft, uneven surfaces. This has been a significant obstacle as many real-world environments have terrain comprised of sand and other soft materials, including certain industrial and commercial settings.
Using this new quadrupedal robot control technology, robots have the potential to be agile and capable even on surfaces that they could not traverse before. This could be a game-changer for the types of applications robots can be used for.
For example, robotic search and rescue missions could become much more efficient and effective. In the past, there have been a number of rescue missions where challenging terrain, such as beaches and deserts, has hindered progress. With this new robot control technology, robots will be able to handle such environments with ease.
What’s more, this new technology could also lead to increased safety in a number of different industries. For instance, robots armed with this technology could be sent into hazardous work areas to conduct operations while keeping human staff out of harm’s way, making workplaces considerably safer.
Overall, Professor Hwangbo Jemin’s research team at KAIST have made a monumental breakthrough for robotics, with this new quadrupedal robot control technology set to revolutionise the way robots can handle more challenging terrain. With all the potential applications for this technology, the possibilities for the future of robotics are endless!