The basis for the development is a physic engine in which the most important environmental influences – such as the friction of the ground or gravity – are implemented. If the Genetic Robot is to withstand unevenness, climb stairs or swim in water, these environmental conditions can be simulated.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Computer-generated robots: The robots consist of cylinder-shaped tubes with ball-and-socket joints that can assume different shapes depending on external factors and the purpose at hand. “The only input needed is: ‘Move forwards as efficiently as possible along a level surface,’” assures Dipl.-Des. Andreas Fischer, industrial designer and product developer at IPA. Fitness functions within the software algorithm select the movement elements with which the Genetic Robot can advance along this surface the software determines the shape of the tubes, the position of the movement points and the position of the drives (actuators).