The world's first two-legged walking robot capable of carrying a human being, codenamed WL-16, took two years to develop in a joint project involving the Science and Engineering Department of Waseda University, Tokyo, and robot-maker tmsuk, based in the southern Japan city of Kita Kyushu. The battery-powered robot, basically an aluminum street care chair mounted on two sets of telescopic tel·e·scop·ic
1. Of or relating to a telescope.
2. Seen or obtained by means of a telescope: telescopic data.
3. poles (which resemble the parallel kinematic kin·e·mat·ics
n. (used with a sing. verb)
The branch of mechanics that studies the motion of a body or a system of bodies without consideration given to its mass or the forces acting on it. systems being applied for purposes of industrial material handling) bolted to flat plate 'feet,' can move forwards, backwards and sideways while carrying an adult weighing a maximum of 60 kilograms. WL-16's normal walking stride measures 30 cm, although it can stretch its legs 1.36m apart. The robot can adjust its posture and walk smoothly even if the person it carries shifts in the chair. The prototype is currently radio-controlled, but the research team plans to equip e·quip
tr.v. e·quipped, e·quip·ping, e·quips
a. To supply with necessities such as tools or provisions.
b. it with a joy stick-like controller for the user. "I believe this biped robot will eventually enable (disabled) people to go up and down the stairs Adv. 1. down the stairs - on a floor below; "the tenants live downstairs"
downstairs, on a lower floor, below ," said Waseda professor Atsuo Takanishi. tmsuk chief executive officer Yoichi Takamoto said biped or multi-legged types of robots were more useful than caterpillar caterpillar (kăt`əpĭl'ər, kăt`ər–), common name for the larva of a moth or butterfly. Caterpillars have distinct heads and are segmented and wormlike. models over uneven ground. However, it would take "at least two years" to develop the prototype robot into a working model, Takamoto told a news conference. At present, it is only capable stepping up or down a few millimeters, but Takanishi's team plans to make it capable of going up and down a normal flight of stairs Noun 1. flight of stairs - a stairway (set of steps) between one floor or landing and the next
flight of steps, flight
staircase, stairway - a way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps .
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