Using MapleSim, Byrun’s designers and engineers have developed a biologically analogous leg design which will give Byrun the ability to walk, run, jump and hop. Byrun will be a new kind of full-scale dynamic humanoid that will take social robotics to the next level. With a faster, stronger, more dexterous upper body, a virtually infinite array of facial features (courtesy of his projective head display), and the same speaking and singing abilities as his predecessor, RoboThespian, Byrun has the potential to revolutionize human-robot interaction.
By creating virtual prototypes of each design phase in MapleSim, Byrun’s engineers can investigate the feasibility of mechanical solutions without needing to create a laborious series of prototypes.
“The software helps us to create the design parameters in a very fast virtual environment,” explained Guillaume. “We are no longer required to rebuild the robot for every design iteration, which saves us significant time and cost, and allows us to explore more radical options. As well, complex kinematics can be easily simplified with the use of Maple – this is a powerful tool as the resources required for the project are considerably reduced.”