Pyrène, un robot humanoïde
Pyrène, a humanoid robot with a complex structure equipped with 32 electric motors. Its specifications were drawn up by the robotics team at LAAS and it was manufactured by the company PAL Robotics. Pyrène has been designed to carry heavy loads, go up and down stairs, adapt to unstable ground and use tools to perform complex actions. Excellent perception of its environment and high computing power should enable it to react rapidly to any unexpected situations. An inertial measurement unit helps it keep its balance, like the inner ear in humans, while its depth-perception camera lets it see objects so it can neatly step round them. With its highly robust gripper-hands, it can carry an object weighing 6 kg without damaging it. Research scientists are using Pyrène to study the principles that govern human movement, with a view to designing practical applications such as prostheses. Pyrène can also perform tasks that are dangerous or demanding for humans, for example in industrial settings.