Many robots have been invented all over the world and all perform their predescribed tasks. A new robot has been invented by Japan that keeps the ability of swimming. The team,led by associate professor Motomu Nakashima, at the Tokyo University of Technology has created a ‘Swumanoid’ robot using a 3D scanner to perfectly map a human swimmer’s physique. It has perfected the back-stroke and tries freestyle swimming,with 20 waterproof, computer-controlled motors providing the swimming motion making it possible to create swimming robot.
The Swumanoid was developed using 3D mapping software which allowed the Japanese team to reproduce how humans swim using motors and servos, inspite of bones and muscles.The robot is still in the development phase, but it already has a swimming pace of 0.64 metres per second.
The robot can currently swim the backstroke and the front crawl, However, it will need new limbs if it is to perform the butterfly and breast stroke efficiently.Swumanoid swims at just a third of the fastest human world record.
The team hopes that this invention can act as robot lifeguards, patrolling our shores and helping swimmers in distress. Swumanoids can also help researchers measure various elements like the force required to propel swimmers through the waterInstead of try to attach motion-sensing pads to human swimmers, which always come off in the water.
The Swumanoid could be used to help train Olympic swimmers and provide information as to what are the most efficient ways to move through the water.This Swumanoid has already got the attention of the Australians, who are always looking for new innovations in beach safety, as it has the life saving potential. Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) CEO Brett Williamson said the Swumanoid could one day be seen on the country’s beaches.
So,It would not be amazing if organisers have to spot check for Japanese robots clinching the swimming medals at the next Olympics.
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