When creating robots, scientists and engineers are often inspired by nature itself. But you see robots on the basis of mythical creatures not so often. And the new creation Centauro, the name and appearance referring us to the beings of ancient Greek mythology, was created not for fun, but for the salvation of human lives.
According to the publication Engadget, behind the development of the robot are specialists from the Italian Technological Institute and the University of Bonn. Centauro was created on the basis of an earlier robot-prototype Momaro. The height of the Robobentaur is 1.5 meters, and it weighs 93 kilograms. The frame of the robot is made of light metal alloys, and the “body” is covered with plastic printed on a 3D printer.
Centauro uses 4 legs for movement. At the end of each leg is a wheel. In this robot can both ride on these wheels, and walk on 4 legs, climbing the obstacles. In addition, there are 2 hands on the trunk of the robot, to which you can connect different types of manipulators, depending on the situation. The robot is equipped with a lidar, cameras for orientation in space and a Microsoft Kinect camera for depth estimation. The battery charge lasts 2.5 hours of continuous operation.
This version of the robot is not completely autonomous. Centauro is remotely controlled by the operator, however in the event of a communication failure the robot will be able to continue working independently. To control the robot operator will use an exoskeleton with pedals and hands-manipulators. The latter will allow you to control the robot's hands, and the pedals will be required to move. In addition, to display information, the operator will have to put a VR helmet on his head.
As the developers say, Centauro can easily overcome obstacles with legs with 6 degrees of freedom, and also lift heavy objects, which is ideal for search and rescue operations. You can see the robot in action on the video available below.