Researchers seek ways to increase robot mobility
Unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) are invaluable assets for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, with more than 12,000 deployed. But mobility is still an issue, especially in urban environments where a small box on tracks can have difficulty negotiating stairs, curbs and fences. This is prompting researchers to find innovative ways of increasing mobility. iRobot Corp. made a start with the addition of detachable flippers on its PackBot robots. Known as “track articulations,” these add 8 in. ...
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