The researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have unveiled a new robot which not only rolls around, flips itself over but can also crawl like a turtle through rough terrain. This cool new robot names Rising STAR uses wheels, a set of star-shaped rollers, and cleverly articulated arms to ride along at various speeds.
It uses wheels and spoked “whegs” to roll around at about one meter per second and it can fold itself flat and pull itself forward when it finds mud or sand. It can also make itself very skinny to ride through tight spots and can even flip itself over if it falls.
The researchers have also added a weighted “head” which keeps the robot balanced as it tools along, allowing it to climb up and over steep surfaces and even sneak through pipes or between tight walls.
Rising STAR which is an updated version of the university’s Sprawl-Tuned Autonomous Robot that it displayed in 2013, RSTAR belongs to the family of the STAR robots with similar sprawling capabilities allowing it to run in a planar configuration, either upright or inverted and change its mechanics from the lateral to the sagittal planes.
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