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XRL Hexapod Robot Gets a Tail, Learns to Use It: dek

XRL Hexapod Robot Gets a Tail, Learns to Use It: dek

In January, we wrote about some spectacular research from UC Berkeley exploring what happens when you give a little wheeled robot a controllable tail , like a lizard. As it turns out, robots with tails can fly through the air while maintaining their orientation , and now other robotic platforms are testing out this technique, thanks to a collaboration between UC Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania. The bot in the picture above is X-RHex Lite, or XRL for short. It should look a little bit familiar: just like EduBot and SandBot , it's based on RHex , UPenn's original legged hexapod, except with a lighter and more modular design. The new bit is, of course, the actuated tail, which gives XRL the ability to right itself in midair when dropped at weird angles, as well as (towards the end of the vid) a way of maintaining its orientation as it runs off a ledge: It doesn't ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hard...

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