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44076Re: [SeattleRobotics] Re: robot legs and wheels on challenging terrain

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  • ed@okerson.com
    Jan 1, 2011
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      Hey,

      > Howdy,
      >
      > --- In SeattleRobotics@yahoogroups.com, Dennis Clark <dlc@...> wrote:
      >>
      >> Peter,
      >>
      >> You bring up an interesting point. Are we looking at this problem in the
      >> right way? We see a mountain goat standing on some rocks and think "we
      >> need legs to do that". Do we? Balance isn't the issue, everyone (of us)
      >> knows the inverted pendulum. Maybe we should be thinking in terms of the
      >> desired outcome instead of the mechanics of what Mother Nature has done.
      >> Sticky wheels, vacuum cups, hooked spikes, maybe air-lift generators in
      >> combination with wheels. Heck, maybe wheels on the ends of legs!
      >
      >
      > Interesting thought. Suppose a 4 legged robot with wheels for feet.
      > Shoes, if you will. Lock the wheels in place for walking. Drive the
      > wheels for rolling. Maybe even mix the two for as yet un-imagined gaits.

      Maybe a gait like this?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaQw9V4Upj4

      Ed Okerson
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