ATRIAS is one of the most-advanced bipedal robots that humans have ever developed and for the team at the University of Oregon – that robot is now training to set a world record. When people first think of bipedal – they often think of humans – however humans aren’t at all what this robot is modeled after. In fact, this particular build was instead modeled after birds – which gave the engineers greater flexibility when it comes to executing the movements that would make ATRIAS the fastest on the planet.
ATRIAS stands for Assume The Robot Is A Sphere, and while it’s modeling might have been after a bird instead of a human – it really has impeccable balance compared to previous attempts at creating such a thing. “When this robot gets up to speed for walking, not even running yet, it will be the fastest bipedal robot in the world,” said Jonathan Hurst a part of the team and robotic expert at OSU’s College of Engineering.
This is the same robot that showed how agile and balanced it was when it was kicked and pushed by engineers working on the project. The ability for ATRIAS to maintain itself while also moving through different tasks makes for an impressive robot. The likes of which haven’t ever been seen before. The team pointed out, “This ability to maneuver quickly and efficiently is ATRIAS’ primary goal, which shapes its unusual mechanical design.” This design is what ultimately sets this robot apart from the others.
The team even went as far as to point out that it having legs set up the way they do, and having small feet mean that the robot will perform better in the long run and hold up a lot better against rigorous testing. It will also ensure that the robot can, in fact, be as well balanced as it has advertised to be to this point. The success of this robot though will have profound impacts on the rest of the engineering, science, and medical communities respectively – giving scientists and researchers new areas to focus their energy in developing future robotic parts in a multitude of settings. In June, there will be a live performance that ATRIAS will be putting on in Pomona, California – which will surely draw a crowd to see something so scientifically significant.