Stepping on the “plum blossom pile” can “walk in the waves slightly”, with a basket of 50 Jin oranges on the back still walking like the wind, and can also drag a full tricycle or even a car… The one with such ability is not a strongman in the Jianghu, but a high-tech six legged robot.

Such a six legged robot was born in the Shanghai intelligent manufacturing function platform located in Lingang international innovation cooperation zone. Its inventor is Gao Feng Professor team of School of mechanical and power engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University. From 2012 to now, each series of Hexapod robots has gone through nearly 10 iterations, gradually improved and matured, and began to be customized and applied in some aerospace, scientific research institutes and higher education.

It is understood that Professor Gao Feng’s team started the research and development of foot robot around 2008. After years of painstaking efforts, in 2012, we finally developed this powerful hexapod robot, which can play a role in a variety of scenes. After Shanghai Jiaotong University and Lingang Management Committee established Shanghai intelligent manufacturing function platform, in 2016, the team transferred to Lingang to continue research and development and improve the products.

According to Mao Liheng, a member of the research and development team of hexapod robot project, there are four series of Hexapod robots developed by the team, each of which has several iterations“ The overall iteration cycle is relatively fast. We usually design and manufacture 3-5 sets a year, and we are still in the process of iteration. “

A few days ago, the reporter saw in the research laboratory near the port that two hexapod robots, one large and one small, were undergoing daily tests. The small one is called “six legged dog”, and the other is the team’s newly developed six legged robot “qingzhui”. The plum blossom piles made of green bricks were arranged on the site, and the six legged robot “qingzhui” stepped on every green brick accurately, and passed the test easily. When people stand in front of them, “qingzhui” will take the initiative to bypass and automatically avoid obstacles through multiple radar sensors in “abdomen”.

Mao Liheng said: “this is a vision based accurate walking training test for the robot, so that it can walk easily in different terrain.”

In addition to these, hexapod robots have many amazing skills. In a word, let the robot move forward and run; Help the fruit farmers transport the fruits, and the 50 Jin basket of oranges still walk like the wind. And a recent field test shows that the pull of the hexapod robot “qingzhui” is enough to drag a full tricycle or even a car, which is just what the hexapod robot in the experimental stage can do.

In the process of daily transportation of heavy objects, now people use wheels and crawlers. Once there are gullies and depressions on the ground, the efficiency of transportation will be limited. At this time, bionic legs solve this problem to a large extent.

At present, more and more community units, technology giants and educational institutions choose to purchase foot robots as the research platform of machine vision and artificial intelligence control. Gaofeng said that the hexapod robot is different from the two legged and four legged robots on the market. The stable fulcrum of the Hexapod triangle has a high degree of stability and bearing capacity, which is very suitable for walking and working in complex environments.

According to Mao Liheng’s introduction, the hexapod robot can be divided into several sizes according to the application scenarios. The large robot is a large parallel robot in the industrial manufacturing field. Through this design of mobile manufacturing, the online complex terrain crossing can be completed in the car cabin and the cabin of large aircraft in the high-speed rail processing process, and the drilling and grinding operations can be completed at the same time. The more miniaturized robot is also based on different scenes, in the post disaster collapse scene instead of people to enter the dangerous scene to complete some detection and rescue work.

In terms of practical application, hexapod robot also has great potential in patrol inspection, express delivery, disaster rescue, blind guidance, social assistance and other fields“ Our country has two foot robots in space for lunar exploration. We (robots) may land on the moon in the next four or five years. We are cooperating with the space Department. ” Gao Feng said.

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