The specialists at Italy’s IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia have efficiently tested a new-and-improved model of the WALK-MAN humanoid robot, which 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. Since it’s lighter, it is in a position to move its legs quicker. This allows it to react much faster to be able to maintain its center of balance and avoids falling over o a bumpy landscape. And because it’s smaller, it is now much easier for the robot to go over normal doorways and tight sections.