Flock of guinea fowl and ATRIAS

Flock of guinea fowl and ATRIAS

ATRIAS robot with a flock of guinea fowl athletes that have inspired its design.

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Emus and ATRIAS

Emus and ATRIAS

Two champion runner Emus and ATRIAS in the force plate arena, where running and walking experiments are conducted. Emus and guinea fowl apply dynamically similar gaits.

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Student visit

Student visit

Several students from a local science college visited, and got a presentation on our work with guinea fowl, ATRIAS robot, and the X-RHex robot.

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ATRIAS steps and stumbles

A lot of data has been collected over the last two days. ATRIAS was walking slow and fast, different swing leg policies have been tested. Finally we checked the robot’s capabilities to cope with obstacles – in the end it is designed to be a bird robot, isn’t it?

ATRIAS managed to walk over a 3″ drop without controller adjustments recovering within few steps and resuming its normal gait

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experimentation starts

It took some work, staying up through the nights and fixing a lot of stuff – but now we are ready to run experiments. A first run to test ATRIAS’ capability to cope with obstacles is shown in the video below.

Lead bars is obviously not the perfect material to walk over, but it did it.

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Full setup is ready

Full setup is ready

Including skyhook and ground bolts. Walk ATRIAS, walk!

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Curious Greg

Curious Greg

Greg is by far our most technophilic Guinea Fowl. How often do you get to ride a biped robot?

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Sky-hook testing

Sky-hook testing

Daniel is testing the strength. Works great!

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Hook

Hook

We got a hook installed, so the backup suspension is ready.

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ATRIAS explores the english countryside

ATRIAS refuses to be held in a lab environment any futher after he explored the beauty of the world outside.



Moving a lot of equipment and one wall outlet nearby made ATRIAS fully operational. A tree provided the suspension we were waiting for and made a beautiful addition to a great setup. The walking controller operated without major parameter adjustments and both mechanics and control demonstrated its robustness. A great job by the entire team making this happen!

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