E2-DR Robot: Smart Humanoid Robot
Honda has showcased a prototype robot called E2-DR, and it is designed for disaster scenarios. There are certain requirements a disaster response robot must meet, dexterity being among them. Honda’s new robot prototype demonstrates such abilities, performing actions like a climbing a ladder on video for everyone to see. The prototype was recently demonstrated on video by Honda R&D, which also published a paper titled Development of Experimental Legged Robot for Inspection and Disaster Response in Plants. The plants in that case refer to manufacturing plants, e.g. factories. To operate in environments like that, a robot must possess the ability to operate with 3D movements, such as climbing a vertical ladder or climbing up a step ladder. In addition, a disaster scenario robot should be able to climb over pipes and on debris, make its way through doors, pass through tight spaces, and even handle a loss of power while on something like a ladder without catastrophically falling. To perform some of these actions, E2-DR is capable of things like rotating its torso 180-degrees, grasping bars, adjusting its hips, walking in a human-like manner, and more.
- Country: Japan
- Company: Honda