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Control and Evaluation of a Humanoid Robot with Rolling Contact Knees

10/03/2022
by   Seung Hyeon Bang, et al.
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In this paper, we introduce the humanoid robot DRACO 3 by providing a high-level description of its design and control. This robot features proximal actuation and mechanical artifacts to provide a high range of hip, knee and ankle motion. Its versatile design brings interesting problems as it requires a more elaborate control system to perform its motions. For this reason, we introduce a whole body controller (WBC) with support for rolling contact joints and show how it can be easily integrated into our previously presented open-source Planning and Control (PnC) framework. We then validate our controller experimentally on DRACO 3 by showing preliminary results carrying out two postural tasks. Lastly, we analyze the impact of the proximal actuation design and show where it stands in comparison to other adult-size humanoids.

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