Posted by: bluesyemre | June 12, 2012

Tokyo Institute of Technology researchers develop ‘swumanoid’: a robot that mimics human swimmers

  • Tokyo Tech ‘swumanoid’ may find applications in enhancing the performance of competitive swimmers and streamlining swimsuits. Chung Changhyun and Motomu Nakashima at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) developed the half-scale swimming robot by carefully analyzing the bodies of swimmers. The ‘swumanoid’ incorporates 20 water proof motors, which are computer controlled to mimic the action of actual human swimmers.To-date research on swimming has relied on monitoring the actual human swimmers, which leads to fundamental problems related to reproducibility of swimming movements. In contrast the ‘swumanoid’ enables the control of precise movements and driving forces of the robot-swimmer. The researchers say that, “in the future, we want to develop methods for producing much faster ‘swumanoids’ and analyze their movements for the development of high speed swim wear.”

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