Last time on our blog, we related just how springs were at the forefront of modern innovation, and our latest post will only serve to prove that fact even more strongly. Just as we saw that springs were instrumental in prosthetic development, they are now proving invaluable within a robotic design to simulate health complaints.
The robot in question is known as Roboy, and this ingenious device has been created to behave in patterns that are as human-like as possible. It is this need for accurate replication of human movement that has necessitated the use of springs, as the 'bounce' of true human muscles needed to be simulated within the artificial skeleton of Roboy.
Robots usually travel in rather jerky movements because they are lack fluidity in their limbs, and ComputerworldUK reports how the Zurich researchers behind Roboy elected to use real springs within the muscles of their robot to reduce such stiffness. Whilst such a property could have been modelled using software, the resulting movement would have still lacked the desired level of accuracy, and so miniature springs – very similar to the compression springs used in car suspension – were called upon instead.
Although Roboy is still not refined enough to actually stand up, being instead restricted to a seated position, this nine month project is already being hailed as a possible breakthrough for doctors who are looking to diagnose human strokes. Roboy is even able to display variant facial expressions in response to a stimulus, so the potential for its use as a training tool is significant.
Here at European Springs, we are always amazed at just how useful springs actually are in the wider world at large. We work in a variety of industries ourselves, including the electric, telecom, offshore and motor sectors, but our two most recent blog posts clearly display that the role springs are playing in advanced medical research is huge.
As a company, we also manufacture springs that see regular use in the pharmaceutical industry, but it will be
extremely enlightening to see just how springs continue to be used in ever more complex projects within this field as well. Our own stock of springs and pressings is among the most extensive in the world, so whatever capacity is behind your need for springs we are able to supply you with high quality products. Contact us now to find out more.