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Robotic elephant trunk learns motor skills

2014 at 02:05 pm by admin

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The concept of self-learning, autonomous robots have always been a dream of humanity, and are still a long way off for most people. However, German scientist Jochen Steil and his colleagues at the Bielefeld University have taken a step towards bringing robotics to life. They have engineered a trunk-like robot arm, initially launched as a proof-of-concept in 2010, to react and learn like a human being, displaying learning abilities and memory cognition much like a child. They have achieved this through a variety of trial-and-error processes that allows the arm to recognize changes in pressure and position. Through this complicated process, the trunk can be trained to repeat actions, including picking up delicate object and repeating arm motions. The end product leaves the robot with an artificial form of muscle memory, looking almost alive as it learns and performs its functions.

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