The newest robot dog can scale walls and ceilings

The newest robot dog can scale walls and ceilings

These 18-pound robots can climb easily with magnetic feet

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Andrew Paul
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Published Dec 19, 2022 12:00 PM

Side-by-side photos of a robot dog and its four-legged companion scaling a wall

MARVEL lives up to its name. KAIST

It’s easy for people to have a love-hate relationship in the ever-growing industry of robot dogs. Many of them are almost as effective. Cute and agile They are just like their four-legged friends; some of them, however, have their own personalities. Guns on their heads.

It’s difficult to decide what to do with the latest feat for quadrupedal robotics: they can now climb walls and ceilings. Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology published a paper last Wednesday describing this new feat. Science Robotics MARVEL is their latest creation. MARVEL stands for “Magnetically Adhesive Robo for Versatile, Expeditious Locomotion” and is a four-legged electromagnetic robot that uses magnetorheological elastomers. These MREs have the consistency and elasticity that rubber has, but they also contain components like carbonyl iron powder which make them capable of conducting electromagnetic force.

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Also, as we mentioned over the weekend FuturismMARVEL is already able to climb up flat metal walls and ceilings at speeds of 1.6 and 2 ft per second. The robot can also handle curved surfaces such as storage tanks coated with rust- and dust-resistant paint. Researchers also found that MARVEL was able to handle curved metal surfaces such as storage tanks coated in 0.3-millimeter thick paint underneath rust and dust. Researchers also noted that MARVEL can overcome a variety obstacles, including gaps of 10 centimeters wide and barriers 5 centimeter high. It also seamlessly transitions between ceiling, floor, and wall settings.

This versatility could make them ideal tools for inspection in industrial environments as well as large ships, bridges and tall buildings that could pose a danger to humans. MARVEL weighs in at just 18 pounds and is only 13 inches long. It is small enough to be a small dog, but it’s also very portable and easy to use.

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Researchers are finding inspiration from animals to design robots that can maneuver in dangerous or difficult environments. A two-winged robot was created by engineers recently. Robots resembling birds A single grasping claw mechanism can allow the bird-bot to land on a perch. The bird-bot’s abilities, similar to MARVEL, could allow them to reach remote or dangerous places that would otherwise be difficult for their human creators. Although both designs are not yet ready for commercialization, it seems that the future of everyday interactions with animal-like robots is on the horizon.

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