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• HanSaRam VII

HSR7-headersmFIRA’s HuroCup is composed of seven types of games including robot dash, penalty kick, obstacle run, lift and carry, marathon, weight lifting, and basketball, in addition to soccer games. While this sounds like fun, it also tests the capabilities of the humanoid robots that participate. Their actions are controlled by an on-board PDA and embedded computer, providing vision processing, navigation and on-line walking pattern generation algorithms.

Similar to a human marathon, the HuroCup RoboMarathon aims to test the robustness and endurance of humanoid robots. At HuroCup 2007, HanSaRam-VII took first place at the first ever RoboMarathon. The task is for the robot to track a visible line for a distance of 42.195m (1/1000 of a human marathon distance) as quickly as possible. The number of competitors was 18, and the final record of HSR-VII was 33m:22s.

HSR-VII stands 53cm tall, weighs 4.5kg, and has 27 DOFs, including five fingers per hand. The fingers are the smallest known to be developed as of July 2008. They are controlled by a single servo by wires, and though individual control of each finger is not possible, the system allows the robot to grasp and release small objects and express hand gestures for human-robot interaction. In June 2009, Crafthouse (a hobby robot manufacturer in Japan) unveiled a similar 5-fingered hand compatible with Kondo servo motors.

Additionally, the HSR-VII took part in Robots at Play 2006, which was held in Odense, Denmark in September 2006, which awards robotic systems that reinforce the integration of disciplines such as robotics, design, interaction, arts, and social understanding in robotics. HanSaRam (HSR)-VII from KAIST and Robonova from miniROBOT Corp. teamed up for a dance troupe called ‘RoboBees’ where six Robonova robots danced behind an HSR-VII, which performed as the singer. The RoboBees ranked amongst the top six teams, out of a total of 34 teams from around the world.

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KAIST RIT Lab | Quinnm @ Flickr

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