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Experts, stair climbing upstairs to the equivalent of doing aerobic exercise, can exercise cardiopulmonary function, but also to exercise the leg muscles, exercise can play a certain effect. But down the stairs, the knee and ankle joints to bear the weight of the whole body, and constantly repeat the action, will artificially increase the amount of these joint activities, will be a sharp increase in the intensity of pressure, the possibility of joint wear and tear will increase by On the body adversely.
Stair-climbing robot for rescue work Warwick students enter Europe-wide competition with device that overcomes obstacles in hunt for survivors A GROUP of engineering stu- To help improve balance dents from JVan\i& and enable steep :~sccnts,a Universih is making n stair- burth motor \\itti t\\a Inore =robot as the UK electric llippers \\ill be fitted entry for the European to tlic rear ol'tlre n~achinc. Robocup Rescue competition. , The robot llas a 270" laser The motorised searth-and- sc~ulnerand a sonar systcnr, rescue robot, which uses lasers wvl~iclrstops it bunlping into and infrared technology to \valls and helps it avoid obsta- locate sunivors, is being built cles. for the competition at If it approaches an obstacle. Hanover ne\? April. The com- the Ii~ser scalrner bean1 is petition tests robots designed rcflccted o f it. by teams from all over Europe g l robot's sensors T l r m ~ ~the~ in a simulated disaster envi- and the ittigle of bc;uir rcllcc- ronment. tion, tl~c mbot knn\\s it 1 :to 1s The manually controlled change direction and \vlrcrc it robot, which runs on tracks, nrrtls to 111ovcto. has the ability to climb stairs, Itooke hoped to do acll in avoid obstacles and spot sor- lllc Robocup conlpctition .and \itnrs using an infrared cam- said military contractors \\ere em almrdy interested in dcvclop- The camera, fitted to one of Saving time, improving safety: Student Matthew Rooke at work on the robot ing the mbot as a comni&- the robot's anns, allows the cialised product for search- machine to locate hotspots neering student in the out putting their lives in dm- life, runs on three motors. n s o and-rescue operations. and red body temperature to IVmPick team, said: When ger. It will save them time and po\ser it to move and spin on "It is unique in t e r n of its find sunivors trapped in tlle an earthquake lrappens the improse their safety" the spot and the other oper- robustness to get over obsta- dark or under rubble. Sensors rescue team \rill be able to The small electric robot, ates two metal arms, called cles and get into small spaces," alert the operator to any send in the mbot first to find which bas been built using llippem These can grip elevat- said Rooke. . mo\?mcnt. the victims. They cm then go lighhveight materials such as ed surfaces to pull the 'We hope that it can be hiatthew Rooke, an engi- straight to that location \\ith- aluminium to improve battery machine upstairs. used in real-life situations."
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