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Dieses von der Gebert Rüf Stiftung geförderte Projekt wird von folgenden weiteren Projektpartnern mitgetragen: ANYbotics AG; Wyss Zurich; NCCR Robotics; Horizon 2020; ECHORD++ Booster; ESA Business Incubation Center.
Project no: GRS-033/18
Amount of funding: CHF 150'000
Duration: 08.2018 - 12.2019
Area of activity: DesignPlus, 2013 - 2018
Prof. Dr. Marco Hutter, Leiter
Robotics Systems Lab
Leonhardstrasse 21, LEE H303
8092 Zürich (Schweiz)
This project will integrate advanced design aspects in the development of a next generation of the walking robot ANYmal. An esthetic and attractive design will convey the image of a friendly, useful and helpful, but also technologically advanced robot system and avoid that the robot is perceived as a threat to individuals and humanity. This is a prerequisite for public acceptance of walking robots and will pave the way towards future service applications outside of industrial environments.
What is special about the project?
Legged robots provide ultimate mobility in any type of terrain and hence find application in various scenarios ranging from industrial inspection and rough terrain transportation to search and rescue and entertainment. Research at ETHZ on legged robotics since 2009 resulted in the four-legged robot platform ANYmal, capable to move and operate autonomously in challenging terrain while interacting safely with the environment. As a multi-purpose robot platform it is well suited to be used on industrial indoor or outdoor sites for inspection and manipulation tasks, in natural terrain or debris areas for search and rescue tasks, or on stage for animation and entertainment. The four legs allow the robot to crawl, walk, run, dance, skate, jump, climb, carry – whatever motion the task requires.
During this project we will integrate advanced design aspects in the development of ANYmal. In order to find public acceptance for robotic systems it is very important that the device is perceived positively and raises interest and not fear or antipathy with operators and spectators. An esthetic and attractive design should convey the image of a friendly, useful and helpful, but also technologically advanced robot system and avoid that the robot is perceived as a threat to individuals and humanity. The existing quadruped robot – a torso box on straight legs – will be completely revised and characterized by expressive, yet charming facial features and an elegant main body.
The project started with defining the specifications jointly between designers and engineers from ETHZ/RSL, the Wyss project ANYmotion, and ANYbotics. The interactive optimization process was driven by a team effort covering design, engineering, manufacturing and cost aspects. The design project was staged in two main phases, starting with completing the functional specification and the design work, and focusing on esthetics and attractiveness. The result is the new ANYmal C prototype with a completely new and very attractive look and a strongly improved product design. ANYmal C is documented on the new ANYbotics website
Hutter, M., Gehring, C., Lauber, A., Gunther, F., Bellicoso, C. D., Tsounis, V., … Meyer, K. (2017). ANYmal - toward legged robots for harsh environments. Advanced Robotics
, 31(17), 918–931.
P. Fankhauser and M. Hutter. ANYmal: A Unique Quadruped Robot Conquering Harsh Environments
. Research Features, (126):54–57, 2018.
Persons involved in the project
Last update to this project presentation 15.11.2019