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Halluc II: Eight Legged/Wheeled Robotic Vehicle

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posted on Jul, 26 2007 @ 11:07 PM
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Researchers at the Chiba Institute of Technology unveiled a working prototype of the Halluc II, a robotic vehicle with eight wheels and legs designed to drive or walk over rugged terrain.



The agile robot, which the developers aim to put into practical use within the next five years, can move sideways, turn around in place and drive or walk over a wide range of obstacles.

The operator can put Halluc II into one of three modes depending on the terrain — Vehicle, Insect or Animal mode. In Vehicle mode, Halluc II drives around on its eight wheels, and as it moves over uneven surfaces, each of the legs moves up and down in sync with the terrain to provide a smooth ride that keeps the cab at a constant height. In Insect mode, Halluc II does not use the wheels; instead, it walks with an insect-like gait, with its legs extended outward from the cab. In Animal mode, Halluc II keeps its legs directly beneath the cab while it walks, allowing it to pass through tight spaces.


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This is a pretty cool little robot, highly maneuverable, and very useful.

I can definitely see not only the robot in general and future versions of it being used in
a variety of fields from military to emergency response to space exploration,
but also the movement technologies that it runs on, perhaps in other kinds of robots or
even in future vehicles and even aid assistment technologies like wheelchairs.


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posted on Jul, 26 2007 @ 11:10 PM
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Some videos of this cool little robot in action.


It sounds like an insect in the beginning.



With extra special batmanesque music.



posted on Jul, 26 2007 @ 11:12 PM
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wow i am thrilled, that is some nice tech.
I wonder what the going price for one of those is?

[edit on 7/26/2007 by agent violet]



posted on Jul, 26 2007 @ 11:29 PM
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If you could run those wheels off of a gas turbine, get it going about 60 MPH or so, if the legs could be as armored as the M1A1 is, this could be the next big thing in tanks!



posted on Jul, 26 2007 @ 11:41 PM
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The articulating drive system is well... "beautiful". That is a very versatile little guy. 56 motors? Wow! I want one for my cat.

Cool,

Vic

[edit on 26-7-2007 by V Kaminski]




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