Do you need to do some heavy lifting? Tired of having to lift and move heavy objects? Don’t worry, there is a better solution.Researchers at the University of Tokyo (Japan) have created a robot called the HRP-2 as a solution to such a problem.
Originally designed by Kawada Industries, the robot uses algorithms to pre-calculate ways to move objects.
When humans try to move heavy objects, it’s likely that they’ll try different ways of successfully moving the objects. The robot mimics this behaviour, so it has the ability to deduce the best way to move a heavy object.
The robot will use lower force strategies first, like pushing, then advancing to ones that require more effort. It even braces itself for injury like a human would. It prevents itself from falling over by modifying its footsteps to be smaller or bigger.
There are an increasing number of robots in Japan’s workforce – something that can mainly be put to them not complaining and not making mistakes. These researchers have shown that robots do have the potential to move beyond being just robot form.
How else robots can be useful:
Moving furniture around the house won’t be such a mission anymore. With help from robots like the HRP-2, you will no longer have to struggle with shifting those heavy stubborn furniture items.
Helping with disabled family members:
Robots can help with shifting disabled family members when you’re in need of some extra assistance.
Faster delivery and turnaround time for businesses:
Businesses will benefit from robots by having them improve delivery and turnaround time. The robots can make it easier to move merchandise around.
Better factory operations:
For certain factory members, the use of robots can make processes more streamlined.
Improved search missions:
Searching for people trapped under debris and tons of rubble in the event of natural disasters will be easier with the help of robots.
Improved medical procedures:
HRP-2 uses strain-gauge technology. Its applications can be extended to patient lift systems, remote surgeries and kidney dialysis machines.