Mar 16, 2023: What is a humanoid robot? What is RoboCup? Keep reading to know more and watch Artemis in action!
The Advanced Robotic Technology for Enhanced Mobility and Improved Stability (ARTEMIS) humanoid robot was created by the Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
According to a news statement issued by the university on Friday, the robot will travel to Bordeaux, France, in July to take part in the soccer match of the 2023 RoboCup.
What is a humanoid robot?
A humanoid robot is a robot that is designed to resemble the human body, both in terms of its physical appearance and its capabilities. It typically has a head, torso, arms, and legs, and is designed to be able to move and perform tasks in a way that is similar to how a human would.
Humanoid robots can be used in a variety of applications, including research, education, entertainment, and even as personal assistants. They can be programmed to perform tasks such as walking, talking, recognizing faces, and even emotional expressions. Some advanced humanoid robots are also equipped with artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities, which allow them to learn and adapt to new situations and tasks.
RoboCup is an international robotics competition that was first held in 1997 with the aim of promoting robotics and artificial intelligence research. The competition involves teams of autonomous robots playing soccer against each other, with the ultimate goal of developing a team of robots that can defeat the FIFA World Cup champions by the year 2050.
The RoboCup competition is divided into several leagues, each with its own rules and challenges. The most popular league is the Standard Platform League, where all teams use identical robots, allowing for a fair and even competition.
Apart from soccer, RoboCup also has other leagues, such as Rescue, where robots are designed to perform rescue missions in disaster scenarios, and @Home, where robots are designed to assist in daily household tasks.
RoboCup provides a platform for researchers and students to showcase their robotic innovations and exchange ideas with other robotics experts from around the world. It is also a great way to promote STEM education and inspire the next generation of roboticists.
Although the new robot performs some amazing feats in the video, the claims that the ARTEMIS engineers make regarding their most recent product may be even more astonishing.
Watch Artemis in action:
According to the robot's designers, it can run "with a flight phase with both feet off the ground" and is only the third humanoid robot to ever do so. ARTEMIS is the fastest walking humanoid robot in the world, according to UCLA researchers, who timed it walking 7.56 km/h in lab trials, and operates completely wireless thanks to its onboard battery and computation system.
The actuators, which are devices that use energy to create motion, were specifically designed to perform like real muscles, and this is the robot's key breakthrough.
These actuators are springy and force-controlled, as opposed to the stiff, position-controlled actuators found in the majority of robots.
An actuator is a mechanical or electromechanical device that converts energy into motion or force. In other words, it is a component that receives a signal or input, and then produces a specific type of output motion or force.
For example, electric motors are commonly used as actuators in various applications, such as in robotic arms or in vehicles, to convert electrical energy into rotational motion. Actuators are used in a wide range of systems and applications, from simple devices such as door locks and light switches to complex systems such as aircraft control surfaces and industrial robots.
It is capable of running, jumping, and walking on erratic terrain. The robot is 4 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 38.5 KG. ARTEMIS can remain stable even when pushed or disrupted aggressively.
It is believed to be the first humanoid robot made in an academic setting and just the third overall.
In order to get it ready for RoboCup, student researchers have been putting ARTEMIS through its paces around the UCLA campus.
In the next weeks, they will carefully assess the robot's sprinting and soccer-playing abilities on the UCLA Indoor Field.
ARTEMIS received 97.12 Lakhs in crowdfunding and further support came from funding provided by the Office of Naval Research.