I’m very pleased to share the first video of our newest prototype of the SUPERball Tensegrity Robot! We have recently completed the mechanical assembly of the robot and are currently finalizing the electronics and controls. In this video you can see the size and passive dynamics of the robot, some insights into its construction, and initial motion results from the first integrated actuator. Of particular interest is how one motor is able to change the overall structural stiffness and to cause the robot to roll over. Once fully finished, we will be using this prototype to explore control strategies for locomotion over a variety of terrain conditions encountered when exploring other planets. This video was submitted to the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2015) along with our paper:
Andrew P. Sabelhaus, Jonathan Bruce, Ken Caluwaerts, Pavlo Manovi, Roya Fallah Firoozi, Sarah Dobi, Alice M. Agogino, Vytas SunSpiral, “System Design and Locomotion of SUPERball, an Autonomous Tensegrity Robot.” Submitted to 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2015), Seattle, Washington, May 2015.