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  • bugminer
    Ha!Cool! :)
    Message 1 of 8 , Dec 10, 2008
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      Ha!Cool! :)

      --- In beam@yahoogroups.com, "billn204" <billnoble204@...> wrote:
      > Check out the jumping rolling sphere:
      > Jollbot - Grasshopper like robot on a mission to space
      > http://www.newlaunches.com/archives/jollbot_grasshopper_like_robot_on_
      > a_mission_to_space_.php
      > One of the major challenges that face robots designed for space
      > exploration is being able to move over rough terrain. Robots with
      > legs are generally very complex, expensive to build and control, and
      > encounter problems if they fall over. Wheels are a simpler solution
      > to this, but are limited by the size of obstacles they can overcome,
      > so a better option needs to be developed. Accordingly, Rhodri and
      > colleagues at the University's Centre for Biomimetic and Natural
      > Technologies have been looking to nature for inspiration - designing
      > a robot that jumps obstacles in its path like an insect. A Bath
      > University student has designed a robot that jumps like a grasshopper
      > and rolls like a ball. The "Jollbot" has been created by PhD student
      > Rhodri Armour, and can jump over obstacles and roll over smoother
      > terrain.
      > Armour took measurements using a high-speed camera to analyze how the
      > robot jumped and to predict how it might behave in a low-gravity
      > environment, such as in space. The robot is also flexible and small,
      > weighing less than a kg, meaning it will not have trouble tagging
      > along on space missions.
      > -- In beam@yahoogroups.com, "astro9073444" <astro90734@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Check out this bot. It's a sphere that rolls around. Could be
      > adapted for beam use. I could
      > > just see a bunch of autonomous spheres rolling all over.
      > > It was originally designed to explore other planets. It may be
      > added to the next Mars mission.
      > >
      > >
      > > http://rotundus.se/
      > >
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