Earlier this week a presented a conference paper that goes over some work I’ve done recently involving squeezing every bit of energy efficiency out of robotic systems using the natural dynamics of these systems. Any physical system tends to move or vibrate in a specific way (think resonant vibrations of a wine glass), and this is what I’m talking about when I say ‘natural dynamics’. It turns out that we can use natural dynamics to our advantage to reduce dramatically the energy needed to do certain tasks. In this paper the application was robotics, but the idea extends to other domains as well.
You can get all of the details from the conference paper or the MATLAB code, but I thought you might enjoy this video that explains some of the highlights of the paper and includes some animations of the different robot designs compared in the paper:Posted: April 28th, 2012 | Filed under: Design, Energy, Modeling, Optimization, Publications | No Comments »