The ZEBRO LIGHT exploration robot
As part of their Bachelor of Science design project, J. de Bruijckere, R. Smit and L. Valk have developed a mechanical, electrical and software design for a lightweight, mobile exploration robot that employs the half-circle leg morphology.
The morphology is based on TU Delft’s Zebro
robot, which in turn is based on the RHex project, developed by a group of universities led by the Kod*Lab. The Zebro Light reduces the weight of the original Zebro from 7.5 to 3.2 kg, while also reducing the top surface area by 50%.
More details can be found in this short paper: 2013 JULY Zebro Light_Paper
The Zebro Light is able to cross various types of terrain, as shown in the figures above and below. The robot has been demonstrated at the NASA exhibition “A Human Adventure”, in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
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