A robot that was made to move around a building has been designed to use the movement to save lives.
Key points:The robotic arm has been developed by engineers at the University of AdelaideThe robot can walk up and down a corridor to collect waterThe robot has a full working range of motionThe machine can walk on rails or wheelsThe Adelaide robot, called “The Caterpillar”, is being developed by engineering students at the university.
The Caterpillars are built on wheels that can be moved to collect rainwater from a stream.
They are designed to be mobile and use only the movement of their arms to walk.
“This is a very complex system and a lot of research has gone into making sure that the robot is able to do everything it can do in terms of the way it moves, but it can also work on rails and wheels and to collect the water,” Associate Professor Paul Kilduff said.
“That’s what this robot can do.”
The robot is a robotic arm that is able move around an open-ended space.
“We’re actually building a robotic system to move a large space around a corridor,” Associate professor Kilduf said.
The robot was developed by Adelaide’s Robotics and Automation Research School.
“The Caterpilots are essentially an articulated vehicle that can move from one side of a corridor or another and collect water from a river, a stream, a lake or a river,” Associate Prof KildUFF said.
He said the robotic arm was able to be moved through the space to collect two-litre buckets of water.
“It has a whole working range,” Associate lecturer Chris Williams said.
But the robot has not been fully tested in real-world conditions, he said.
Assistant Professor Williams said the robot could be used to collect human blood in remote areas.
“If it was to be used in the field in a disaster, we would need to do a lot more research,” he said, “but that is what the robotic system is designed to do.”
“This robot can move around, collect, move around in a variety of ways.
The design has allowed us to make a robot that is flexible and able to adapt to changing conditions,” Associate Lecturer Williams said of the robotic arms.”
One of the challenges of this kind of work is that there is no one that has done it.”
The Caterpitrobot was built to be able to move about a corridor.
The robot weighs about one kilogram and can walk at up to six kilometres an hour.
This image shows the robotic hand being used in an underground lab.
(ABC News: Chris Williams)”This robotic arm is a bit of an engineering marvel,” Associate Assistant Professor Williams added.
“I’m not sure if it has ever been built before, but I’m sure it will be very useful to those working on the human side of the equation.”
When the Caterpillar is in a corridor, it’s going to collect a lot.
“The Caterpound robot is being built in Adelaide’s Robotic Science and Technology Laboratory.
It will be used for research and development purposes.
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