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Researchers design software, creating robots to help humans

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Virginia Tech researchers in the Hybrid Dynamic Systems and Robot Locomotion design software for different gaits of legged robots, allowing the machines to assist people with disabilities to walk and to assist or replace humans in hazardous environments.
[00:00:01] >> This could be the next generation of robots. Virginia Tech assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering Kaveh Hamed and his graduate research assistant are working to create robots that help people. "We are interested in leg locomotion so making a promotion so we like to learn the principles of a locomotion and we would like to get gaits for robots with the dexterity and agility of animals. [00:00:28] Cadets help highlight what the machines can already do. Using a robot built by Ghost Robotics, the team is developing software and control algorithms. "If you look at the dogs, you know they have trotting gate, walking, gallop, different gaits. So we are working on making those gaits as well." Improving the robot's gait so they can be used in any number of ways in complex environments. [00:00:55] "For example, for making powered prosthetic legs to improve the quality of life for people, having the robots in industrial accidents. These robots can help, can act as guide robots for people with, for visually impaired people." The next step: "The next step is to make these machines fully autonomous." Sophisticated machines learning new behaviors to help humans.