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'ANYmal' Robot Stalks Dark Sewers to Test Its Navigation


ANYmal on its first tour of inspection in Zurichs sewer system.

ETH Zurich researchers are working to help a seeing, hearing, door-opening robot also function in extreme conditions.

Credit: Daniel Winkler/ETH Zurich

Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland are working to help a seeing, hearing, door-opening robot also function in extreme conditions, such as in the maze of drains and tunnels comprising Zurich's sewer system.

The goal of the three-year project, called THING (sub-Terranean Haptic InvestiGator), is to design "ANYmal" robots that move around on their own and are better able to identify their surroundings.

Although most robots generally use three-dimensional cameras and laser sensors for orientation, these can malfunction in adverse conditions, such as when the ground surface is wet or there is a lot of dust in the air. The ETH Zurich researchers believe enhanced haptic perception—orientation by touch—to be a possible solution.

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