The robotic, referred to as Rising STAR, makes use of wheels and spoked “whegs” to roll round at about one meter per second and it might fold itself flat and pull itself ahead when it finds mud or sand. It will probably additionally make itself very skinny to experience via tight spots and may even flip itself over if it falls.
A weighted “head” can hold the robotic balanced because it instruments alongside, permitting it to climb up and over steep surfaces and, the researchers say, even sneak via pipes or between tight partitions.
Rising STAR is an up to date model of the college’s Sprawl-Tuned Autonomous Robot that it displayed in 2013. This new model is much extra succesful and, due to its “whegs” and turtle-gait, far cooler.