Generally, cable robots are used in industries to carry heavy weights. This highly traversable consist of multiple cables. It is the type of parallel manipulators in which cable is considered as actuators. The one end of cables is bound around a rotor twisted by a motor whereas other ends connected to end effector. Now, a scientist’s team under the guidance of Professor Heinrich Bülthoff from MPI integrating the technology into a cable is driven simulator. This new cable driven simulator is known as CableRobot.
It has eight steel cables to support and control it. The powerful winches operate this steel cables. This CableRobot can accelerate the cabin with a total drive power of 348 kW at 1.5 time’s gravitational acceleration within its 5 x 8 x 5 m3 force.
Scientists developed an algorithm to control ride. It safely operates the carbon fiber constructed carbon to withstand the large dynamic loads. There is a cockpit develop from carbon fiber tubes to accommodate for passengers and instrumentation. It even spans across 2.60 meters with a large volume. At just 80 kg, the carbon is capable of withstanding 1.5 tons of force which the cables exert on the outer structure.
Professor Bulthoff said, “Although, this CableRobot offers us entirely new possibilities for studying motion perception with possible applications in neurological research into balance disorders.”
The large volume creates a large surface area. The projection is developed from driving/flight simulations and recording information. This identifies how humans interact with the system.
According to scientists, it has possibly used in VR applications. They are now taking interest to know about human perception. Moreover, it looks extremely funny.
Professor Thomas Bauernhansl said, “With the cable-driven simulator, the scientists from both Institutes have once again demonstrated how the combination of basic research and industry-oriented technology development can lead to innovative products.”