Robotics scientists at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, France, have developed a six-legged self-repairing robot that can adapt to the situation at hand, even if it gets damaged, such as losing a leg, etc. These robots are an adventure in new technology and are said to be able to fix themselves by “remembering” events from a simulated past life.
Robots Provide a Valuable Service
Robots are a valuable commodity since they can go where humans can’t like outer space or other hazardous locations. However, when they break down, it causes obvious problems because humans have always been necessary to fix them. In order to travel to the location to fix them can prove hazardous. Now, a self-repairing robot could change that problem and make it non-existent.
Despite damage, Self-Repairing Robot Completes Mission
The self-repairing robot is expected to help the scientific world create a stronger, more efficient and self-sufficient type of robot. The creation was subjected to several tests in which it showed it could adjust and change by accomplishing tasks like continuing to walk after two legs were broken, and figuring out how to move and pick up something and place it into a required spot even when some of its joints or motors were broken or damaged in some way.
This is extremely valuable in a dangerous situation where, for example, a robot could be damaged while on a rescue mission or some other type of vital job. If a self-repairing robot existed, it could continue the job or rescue despite broken parts or other issues, thus potentially saving lives.
Self-Repairing Robots Resolve Issues in Less Than Two Minutes
The self-repairing robots have a special program that lets them figure out a course of action to repair themselves and continue their mission in less than two minutes, whereas in the past it has taken much longer to get a robot to travel again if something damaged it. This not only saves time, it saves money as well, since humans wouldn’t have to travel to the location to fix the robot.
The self-repairing robot works through a computer simulation program that helps it map out and predict 1000s of different situations and determine which series of events will solve its current problem and get it up and running again to complete its mission. For instance, if the self-repairing robot loses a leg, it is programed to use its simulator to find as many other ways as possible that will allow it to continue to accomplish its task.