The team has 3D-printed fully assembled robot parts with integrated fluidic circuits in one go, the key to this robotic player’s Nintendo skills.
A robotic hand that can play a Super Mario game
- Researchers have printed a robotic hand that can successfully play the game Super Mario Bros
- This hit game in the 80’s is produced by Nintendo
- Low pressure on the first finger of the robot can make Mario walk and high pressure make him jump
University of Maryland researchers led by associate professor of mechanical engineering, Ryan de Socol, have managed to print a robotic hand that can successfully play a game. Super Mario Brothers, according tocnet.
This hit game in the 80’s is produced by Nintendo.
The team 3D-printed fully assembled robot parts with fluidic integrated circuits in one go, which is key to this robotic player’s Nintendo skills.
The team designed a fluidic integrated circuit, which allows the hand to operate in response to a controlling pressure force, and used PolyJet 3D printing, a type of layered printing that stacks many layers of multiple materials into a 3D image.
The robot’s hand has passed the first level of the game
Study co-author Joshua Hubbard said: ‘Previously, each finger of a robotic hand typically needed its own control line, which can limit controllability and portability. But by 3D printing a soft robotic scorpion using built-in liquid transistors, the arm can play a Nintendo game based on just one pressure input.”
While playing the game, low pressure on the robot’s first finger can make Mario walk and high pressure on the robot’s jump.
The team set up a program that switches between low, medium and high pressures, and as a result, the robot’s hand exceeded the first level of Super Mario.