The successful robotic experiment made open to the public for the first time!
Takanishi Laboratory of Waseda University and Tmsuk, supported by Fukuoka City and the Robotics Industry Development Council (RIDC), succeeded in walking a man-mounted robot on two legs up and down the stairs.
The two-legged robot “WL-16RII,” developed jointly by Takanishi Laboratory,
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Waseda University and Tmsuck, a company in Kitakyushu City,
Fukuoka Prefecture, succeeded in going up and down the stairs carrying a man
on its seat in an experiment performed at the Special Zone for Development
and Practical Experiment of Robots in Fukuoka.
The development of this robot has been supported by Fukuoka City and the Robotics Industry Development Council (RIDC).
WL-16RII was developed at the Fukuoka Laboratory of Waseda University's Humanoid Robotics Institute,
located within the RoboSquare, under the agreement between the Humanoid Robotics Institute and Fukuoka City.
The robot applies a very strong parallel-link mechanism in its legs which enables it to carry a load of up to 94kg.
However, this strong parallel-link mechanism can only be moved within a limited range,
so it has been thought that WL-16RII will not be able to take steps wide enough to climb up and down the stairs.
In the publicly performed experiment,
WL-16RII twisted its waist as it took each step forward to maximize the movable range of its parallel-link mechanism.
This movement allowed the man-mounted robot to go up and down the stairs with a level difference of 200mm between each step.
Waseda University will continue its efforts to realize the practical use of WL-16RII,
which is still at its trial stage, by proceeding with further evaluation experiments
and improvements at the Fukuoka Laboratory.