size: 31" long, 24" wide, 24" high—with eight 39" legs
price tag: $1.3 million
see me in action
Engineers at the University of Portsmouth in England looked at crabs and
spiders for inspiration when designing Robug. With its low-slung light-weight
body, Robug III can step over large obstacles. It can also climb up walls
using vacuum gripper feet that work even on rough surfaces like brick. Its
eight pneumatically powered legs each have four joints, allowing them to
navigate with great flexibility over uneven terrain. Speed: up to 20 feet per minute.
Robug III is connected to a human operator by a 328-foot
umbilical cable. The umbilical cable consists of a compressed air
hose (for the pneumatically powered legs), a 240V AC power supply, a
communications cable and a video cable. The human operator gives instructions
mainly on direction. The robot will figure out its own walking gaits and foot
See Me in Action
- It can perform retrieval tasks, dragging loads up to 221 lbs.
- Robot III can work safely in radioactive environments.
- Can be equipped with video cameras.
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