Experimental Robotics IX pp 281-291
Crawling and Jumping by a Deformable Robot
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- Sugiyama Y., Hirai S. (2006) Crawling and Jumping by a Deformable Robot. In: Ang M.H., Khatib O. (eds) Experimental Robotics IX. Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics, vol 21. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
Abstract. We describe crawling and jumping by a deformable robot. Locomotion over rough terrain has been achieved mainly by rigid body systems including crawlers and leg mechanisms. This paper presents an alternative method of moving over rough terrain, one that employs deformation. First, we describe the principle of crawling and jumping as performed through deformation of a robot body. Second, in a physical simulation, we investigate the feasibility of the approach. Next, we show experimentally that a prototype of a circular soft robot can crawl and jump.
Keywords: deformation, locomotion, crawl, jump
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