RoboTurk

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RoboTurk and Dr. Davut Akdas

RoboTurk is the name of a humanoid robot designed and created by Dr. Davut Akdas and Dr. Sabri Bicakci at Balıkesir University in Turkey. The research project was sponsored by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) between 2006 and 2009. RoboTurk was the first bipedal robot project that was sponsored by TÜBİTAK.[1]

Dr. Davut Akdas contributed to the bipedal robots "Salford Lady" and "Gonzalez".

The robot has 23 active degrees of freedom. It is powered by Maxon DC motors rated at 20 Watts, 90 Watts and 150 Watts. Link orientations are sensed by potentiometers, which are attached to the link shafts and magnetic encoders, which are attached to the motor shafts.

The robot is capable of walking forward, backwards, and sideways, and can climb 5 cm stairs.

Two umbilical cords carry power and sensory data. Control PC is a dual processor with DAQ cards from Adlink.

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