The New Age Of Science: The Babies Of Japan

Pneuborn-7II and Pneuborn-13, presented by Hosoda Lab based in Osaka University, are two infant musculoskeletal robots that are capable of interacting with the environment.

This “baby” size robot is compatible to a seven month child with its height at 31 inches and its weight at 11.9 pounds. The Pneuborn-7II was created to research the connection between embodiment and motor development. With yaw joint and three pitch in the robot’s spin it allows Pneuborn-7II the ability to flex, extend and rotate. This robot is full independent with the uses of a micro controller, battery, an air source (a cartridge bottle containing compressed CO2) and of course air valves. Air is provided during long experiments with the help of an external compressor.

Powered by central pattern generators (CPGs) makes it possible for Pneuborn-7II to craw or roll over. CPG’s a neutral network makes these patterns of movement achievable as the help create rhythmic motions in robotics. A learning algorithm was installed by the researchers which assists the CPGs in successful motions. All this was achievable despite the fact the robot had no sort of sophisticated artificial intelligence and sensors.

This robot imitates an older infant of 13 months that is 29.5 inches tall and a weight of 8.5 pounds. It also has freedom of about 21 degrees. The Pneuborn-13 just like the Pneuborn-7II is fully independent. It has a structure that is similar to Pneuborn-7II but it doesn’t have the same spin. The Pneuborn-13 model was designed to research the effect that the loco motor system has on the beginning of bipedal walking. Keeping this in mind the muscles in its, hip joints, ankle and knew are its main focus. There are eighteen of these pneumatic muscles. This robot is capable of making stepping motions as well as maintains a standing posture.

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