Connected Two Units Crawlers to Realize Automatic Multiple Configurations as Search and Rescue Robot
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
This paper describes the connected two unit crawlers to realize various configurations. By changing the configuration of two connected vehicle units in relative positions, the robot with this mechanism can automatically adapt to the configurations of obstacles in the field, including such complicated structures like debris after disasters. To assess the performance of this joint mechanism, an actual prototype model was developed and the basic performances of this vehicle were confirmed through mobile experiments.
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