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Bicycling Robot Pedals Right Into Your Heart

Question asked by Kaustubh Katdare in #Robotics on Nov 13, 2011
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare · Nov 13, 2011
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We already know that it's just a matter of time that machines will finally take over humans. While that should be a reason to worry for all of us, the bicycling robot actually makes you fall in love with it. The concept is not entirely new and if you remember we wrote about EVOLTA powered robot that can swim, run and cycle several weeks ago. The newest intelligent creation of robot creator, Masahiko Yamaguchi can cycle and maintain balance on its own; and it does it just with the help of handle bars. The balancing act, until now, was a skill humans flaunted; but now, it's just a matter of advance motion/tilt sensors and computer algorithms. The creator says that this is world's first robot that mimics human bicycle act.

Bicycle Robot / Image Via: DigiInfo.TV

This bipedal robot uses TAG201 gyro from Tamagawa Seiki to detect tilt and then take corrective action using PID control. The robot has been designed and developed using commercially available components and a special bicycle designed by Yamaguchi. The robot employs SH7125 CPU which is fast enough to take corrective actions to keep the robot maintain its balance. The robot is not yet intelligent enough to use the brakes which gives us a sigh of relief but judging the intelligence of this little machine, it wouldn't be very long for it to acquire that skill. By the way, at present the robot is intelligent enough to stop the bike by taking its legs off the pedals and then putting them on ground. Check out following video from DigiInfo -

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