IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia of Italy has efficiently tested an upgraded model of the WALK-MAN humanoid robot, a controlled device that will assist firefighters.
Wirelessly operated by a human operator using a sensor-equipped suit, the firefighter robot is meant to enter a building, locate a fire, then extinguish it. The robot’s head features a 3D laser scanner and mics, together with webcams that broadcast live video to the driver. Thirty-two motors and master boards are employed to control its system, in addition to four force and torque receptors situated at its hands and feet, and a couple of accelerometers that enable it to keep its balance.
The modern model of WALK-MAN is 31 kg lighter than the original. The majority of those weight-savings are in its scaled-down upper body, produced from magnesium alloys and also composite equipment. It can move its legs quicker and allows it to react much faster to be able to maintain its center of balance and avoids falling over o a bumpy landscape. It is now much easier for the robot to go over normal doorways and tight sections.