1st Indigenous Quadruped Robot
As part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, Hyderabad-based Svaya Robotics has created India's first indigenous quadruped (four-legged) robot and exoskeleton for the defence industry.
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• As part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, Hyderabad-based Svaya Robotics has developed India’s first indigenous quadruped (four-legged) robot and exoskeleton for the defence sector.
• India currently imports these robots from the US and Switzerland to help strengthen the country’s defence capabilities.
• The indigenous robots and wearable exoskeletons were developed in collaboration with the DRDO Labs, Research and Development Establishment (R&DE), Pune, and the Defence Bioengineering and Electromedical Laboratory (DEBEL), Bengaluru, as technology demonstrators with their design inputs.
• Quadruped robots are four-legged robots which can walk or run on uneven and rough terrains.
• Quadruped robots can mimic animal walking gait and they have certain advantages like walking on terrain and extremely rough surfaces.
• Obstacles can impede the movement of wheeled vehicles, where a quadruped can adapt to avoid obstacles by adjusting its height.
• The active Exoskeleton is a human interface for motion capturing and force interaction. The System is fixed at four points to the human body and can interact with the user at the upper shoulder, upper arm and forearm. The four human fixing points are connected via a kinematic structure with nine degrees of freedom.
• Active exoskeletons, when worn by soldiers, can carry such heavy loads without expending much effort.
• Even if they are carrying 25 kg, soldiers feel as if they are carrying six or seven kg, thus they are not fatigued easily