In this 24-month research project a half-scale robotic replica was
manufactured of a dino species, Iguanodon Artefieldensis.
The research was scientifically supported by prominent European
palaeontology and zoology experts, utilizing emergent advanced robotics
technologies from European robotics laboratories.
the two-year Palaiomation project, the efforts were first focused
on studying in detail the fossilized skeleton of the Iguanodon Atherfieldensis,
a four-meter European dinosaur, using a laser scanner constructed
for the purpose. Then, a 1/4-scale replica of the structure was
built and used for the first mobility tests. The replica succeeded
in performing quadrupedal walking and provided useful indications
for the design of larger structures.
next, half-scale replica design passed through three generations
of prototypes before reaching its present form The current electrically-actuated
replica robot has full locomotive autonomy of about one hour. Multiple
sensors and control systems allow it to move around and interact
with the environment.
to the robot structure, based on the real skeleton, a half-scale
muscle "envelope" for the replica will also be presented.
This flexible structure, developed and built in close collaboration
with palaeontology experts, has been modelled in a way to adapt
exactly around the mechanical structure of the replica, moving and
extending as a real muscle envelope during the movements of the
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