This is what you have seen with bats. They have legs within their wings. This is an interesting structure and consideration for a robot that we hardly think about. UAVs are usually developed for flight and with this approach the robot will be able to move around it’s environment in more ways than one.
This reminds me of RHex from Boston Dynamics. RHex is able to overcome almost all forms of terrain. Imagine with the ability to fly, RHex will be able to overcome more terrains and handle more situations. This certainly has use but it’s up to our imagination.
Zebro is a six legged robot conceptualised in TUDelft. It’s a brother of the RHex robot by Boston Dynamics. The aim of the research group is to study and develop control methods for platforms like the RHex. Various learning techniques are being used in the robot and studies are being done to improve the design of the legs and various components on the robot.
The RHex was able to perform locomotion in various undulating terrain. It’s a very promising form of a robot but is it scalable? It would be useful to see this platform scale up to perform task.
Bossa Nova Robotics has it’s beginning in Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. They have deployed Robotics Cloud Services (RCS), a platform where many robots run web services. This allows control and monitoring of the robots remotely, allowing users to analyze data and assess not only the overall situation but how each robot is doing.
Bossa Nova Robotics mainly tries to bring expensive robot technology into the real world but making it useful at affordable prices. Robotics is at this stage now. There are many matured technologies but still out of reach for the common person. I am glad to see that they have done a project with the RHex, one of my favourite robots.
Article at IEEE Spectrum about cloud robotics.
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