- Apr 11, 2007
It has often puzzled me why they are trying mimic humans.
2 legs makes little sense. 3-4 are better.
Articulation of fingers should apply to all limbs.
No front or back. Both sides should function equally.
Fixed length geometry. Legs/Arms should be able to get longer or shorter.
2 close set eyes. WTF? At least 3 spaced 120° apart, if not 4. And a Periscope eye that extends upward.
Collapsed mode should be as short as possible, but extended mode should be at least human height to operate human devices.
In a way that makes sense. At the same time, the bipedal configuration is also a very convenient layout even if it has high technical requirements. Bipedal bots have more niche usage scenarios though. With a bipedal configuration, a robot can navigate any location a human can AND do any function a human can without necessary changes to our existing human infrastructure such as navigating stairways, doors, climbing into and out of vehicles meant to seat a human, etc. Sometimes that wouldn't be practical, for example a bipedal humanoid robot working a bulldozer when the bulldozer itself could be a robot. Bipedal configurations can also take up less footprint for storage, transportation, and just everyday movement among a human world. On top of all that, if you can build a functional bipedal robot, then you can pretty much make anything else and apply the same balancing and dexterity to multi-legged bots.