Robots with four legs become smarter thanks to computer simulation

Without a doubt, four-legged robots move on the ground much more confident than bipeds. They can easily get up after a fall, then stumbled as a robot with two legs may fall off and a few minutes of wallowing on the floor trying to get back and straighten up. Researchers from Switzerland have developed a four legged robot dog ANYmal, figured out how to make it better. Instead teach him new movements in reality, they allowed him to learn independently in a computer simulation.

Робот ANYmal

The result of a new approach to teaching is impressive: the robot began to move 25% faster, and if it is, push hard — he easily stands up, holds the balance or even bounces from the impact. All this ANYmal learned in a computer simulation with different situations he had to cope by trial and error. According to an employee of ETH Zurich dzhemina, Hanbo, the robot consists of many mechanisms and is faced with countless situations therefore to develop an algorithm for each of them manually would be almost impossible.

To create a virtual space for training required of a regular computer. The training took place thousands of times faster than in the real world, so that the developers saved a lot of time and effort without straining your programmers. The researchers noted that computer simulation can be used not only in the case of ANYmal, but other four-legged robots.

According to Professor Chris Atkeson from the University Carnegie Mellon, the ETH Zurich team has made a great contribution to robotics — reduced cost of programming, which in this area is highly appreciated.

When this robot will become very smart, he gets mad. Video footage of his kick already ready, so he will be the first who will come to us when you start the robotic revolution — joked the Professor.

Certainly, many people wonder — why do we need four-legged robots? The answer was given in November 2018 — they can be very useful in places where ordinary people simply refused to work. One of such places — sea power station in the North sea, where very boring and lot of work is done by automation.

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