Yuto Nakanishi

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This paper presents the concepts, issues on development, and future perspectives of a novel musculoskeletal humanoid `Kotaro'. The specifications and advantages of Kotaro include muscle-driven endoskeletal structure, multiple degrees of freedom, variable physical softness, the multiple-joint spine, easily configurable muscles, distributed onbody(More)
We have been promoting a project of musculoskeletal humanoids. The project aims at the long-term goal of humansymbiotic robots as well as the mid-term goal of necessary design and control concepts for musculoskeletal robots. This paper presents the concepts and aim of the project and also shows the outline of our latest results about development of new(More)
To design a robot with humanlike body structure, this paper presents a design methodology for a humanoid upper limb by tendon driven system. We newly designed an upper limb and rib cage like thorax for a musculoskeletal humanoid robot, based on the knowledge of anatomy. The robot consists of muscle, bone, and joint structure based on human and is expected(More)
We propose a concept of reinforceable-muscle humanoid with hyper parallel muscle-tendon systems. By the facilitation of changing the assignment of actuators, we can easily strengthen a specific part of robot body, while changing the arrangement of actuators of current humanoid robots is quite difficult. By developing muscle units in each of which a motor(More)
A walking biped robot is required to change its walking direction and speed with minimal delay and not to tip off even when subjected to an unexpected external force. A major drawback of Zero Moment Point (ZMP) based online walking pattern generation methods is that arbitrary ZMPs cannot be achieved without divergence of the Conter of Mass (CoM). In this(More)
High physical ability of humanoid robots is desired for application to nursing care. Light and powerful actuators are required to realize the high-power performance. In this paper, we propose a method to bring out maximum performance of electric motors aggressively. The technique of motor core temperature estimation and control improves the motor power(More)
Many humanoids have been developed, but more complicated and flexible humanoids must be developed, in order to realize more natural and various motions like humans. However, it is difficult to measure directly joint posture in the multi-dofs joint of such robots (e.g. a hip spherical joint) because of its complicated structure. This paper describes an(More)
Life-size humanoids which have the same joint arrangement as humans are expected to help in the living environment. In this case, they require high load operations such as gripping and conveyance of heavy load, and holding people at the care spot. However, these operations are difficult for existing humanoids because of their low joint output. Therefore,(More)
The high power ability of humanoid is desired for application of nursing or running or jumping motions. Achievement of the actuator of light and powerful equivalent to humans is required. In this paper, we propose a method to extract inherent performance from motors by an active temperature control. The method safely improves the output of motors. The(More)