Future 3DoF foot sensor.

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Miguel Ayuso ParrillaMiguel Ayuso Parrilla 08/27/2020 at 20:520 Comments

In order to make the robot dynamic in the precisse meaning of the word, we need to have meassurements of the forces acting acting inside the robot, this can be either from the actuators, feet or the IMU.

This way we can build a robust control algorithm taking into account these forces, such as the Inverse Pendulum model. Basically what we want in here is to implement a physics math model in stead of a direct model like the Kinematics model it implements now.

This task is not easy to achive, but i found a paper with a very inteligent solution to this problem: Foot design for a hexapod walking robot.

Basically it uses 3 sensitive resistance force sensor, with a proper orientation in order to read the forces at the foot in the 3 different directions.

What i came with is shown in this pictures, but this is only a quick design with lot of errors at the time of reading accurate meassurements.

Some actual works on the MIT cheetah show how usefull can be this type of foot sensor: