UCLA researchers in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering have developed a continuously rotating robotic knee joint that would enable broader range of motion and increased stability.
Limbed locomotion of most modern day robots have many physical limitations, and one of these is the range of motion of their joints. Joint limits can restrict the type of locomotion possible for a particular task. New UCLA technology replaces a traditional robotic knee joint with a continuous joint to provide innovative methods of locomotion.
UCLA Researchers have developed humanoid robot that has a continuously rotating knee. This allows the joint to rotate a full 360 degrees and allows the joint to act as a stability point. In the case of a humanoid robot, the knee would be able to become an additional foot. This joint provides increased stability and versatility over traditional knee joints.