Self-learning 3D printed robots developed by University of Oslo students

Self learning robot by University of Oslo students

We are constantly heading towards a future where robots will do the major chunk of work for humans, and not to say that they will inevitably rule the world! Well, that was a bit too much to say, but as we head toward the future another step ahead has been taken by the research team at University of Oslo’s Department of Informatics. The team of students is designing and programming 3D printed robots which are capable of solving complex tasks in non-congenial environments like nuclear power plants or deep mines. To be precise, the team has designed three separate robots that have their own capabilities using 3D printers that cost anywhere between $58000 USD to $440,000 USD.

Self learning robot by University of Oslo students

Chicken robot

First up is the chicken robot which the team calls as Henriette which can teach itself to walk and leap over obstacles. The intelligent robot lost a leg accidently and then learned to walk on one leg without any reprogramming or help from the designers.

Second-generation robot

The robots designed by Masters student Tonnes Nygaard is based on a simulation program that determines how the robot should look and the type of components it should have. So, basically this robot designs itself.

Third-generation robot

The most advanced of all these robots is the third-generation which is quite flexible and designed fully by simulated program that determines the number of legs, joints and other components.

The next step in development of these intelligent robots is to come up with a robot that is equipped with its own 3D printer and adds physical parts to its configuration as the need arises. For example if it has to navigate a nuclear plant and encounters a staircase then it 3D prints an extra set of long legs to go over the obstacle.

Via: 3DPrint

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