Swiss Robot: The quadruped robot ANYmal is known for its unique agility and ability to overcome various obstacles arising on his way. He can dance to different music, to climb stairs, open doors, and perform other interesting tricks. It is so well established that it even took a job as a customer service agent, allowing operation of the offshore platform.
Swiss robot took the marine job
Robot ANYmal was created by engineers ANYbotics of the company’s Robotic Systems Lab, working on the basis of the ETH Zurich. He is a competitor of another famous four-legged robot SpotMini, which was constructed in the company Boston Dynamics. In the meantime, his main rival revels in the glory of a dancer, collecting thousands of views in the network, the robot ANYmal engaged in serious business. He took a job on the marine platform.
The robot started to work on the energy platform company TenneT is located in the North Sea and became the world’s first employee-a robot that autonomously inspects a variety of instruments and equipment. The marine platform is quite remote from civilization place, which however requires constant monitoring on the part of man. Routine inspection of all kinds of sensors and devices that ensure the functioning of the platform is very time-consuming. In order to facilitate the work of the people, and further to minimize their presence on the platform, had been sent to the robot ANYmal.
The robot is equipped with four legs that allow it easier to move the platform, overcoming stairs, pipes, cables, and other obstacles. A smart assistant service engineer offshore platform is able to detect existing irregularities in the system and record any changes in the readings. ANYmal perfectly copes with the assigned tasks, and developers have already started to improve this model.
Now the main challenge facing the engineers is to teach the robot not only to detect irregularities in the system but also to eliminate them. If this goal is reached, then the robot will be able to work on the platform on their own, without the presence of people that will reduce the cost of operating a remote offshore platform.
And in this video, you can see how looks the robot ANYmal in motion.