Acroban has been developed with a particular focus on morphology. The mechanical structure of the robot integrates a poly-articulated torso bringing several fundamental degrees of freedom of the human torso. These mobilities are intended to enforce the principal motions of the spine and of the pelvis.
In collaboration with Flowers Inria team, Acroban has been extensively used to explore physical human/robot interaction by using the compliance. Interaction are viewed by the robot like perturbations, the balancing system makes Acroban interact with the user in a very natural way.
Acroban interacting with people.
Acroban has been selected in SIGGRAPH 2010 Emerging Technologies. Look also at Acroban on CBS News.