This Rescue Robot Can Crawl Over Rough Terrains and Up Narrow Crevices
The robot is developed by researchers at southern Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
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Named the Rising Sprawl-Tuned Autonomous Robot, or R STAR, the highly maneuverable robot has an adjustable sprawling wheel legs attached to a body that can move independently and reposition itself to run on flat surfaces and up tight spaces such as tunnels, pipes, and narrow gaps. The tiny robot—15-centimeters-long—can travel more than 3 feet per second on hard flat surfaces and adapt to moving on soft or granular surfaces like thick mud or sand.
The robot was unveiled in May at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Brisbane, Australia.
BGU said the team is now working to develop a larger version that can climb over larger obstacles and carry more than four pounds of sensors and supplies. The smaller robot will piggyback on the larger robot and deployed in hard-to-reach areas.