Rhex Robot Goes Everywhere


When you picture an all terrain robot, you probably don't picture RHex. The robot, whose name is pronounced rex, is designed to go over all kinds of terrain on its set of semi-circular hexapod legs. Rhex has been in development for more than a decade and he in the brain child of a pretty hefty team of scientific minds.

The team that worked on Rhex includes ,"Graduate student Aaron Johnson and professor Daniel Koditschek, both of the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, are working on a version of RHex known as XRL, or X-RHex Lite. This lighter and more agile version of the robot, developed in Koditschek’s Kod*Lab, a division of Engineering’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, is ideal for testing new ways for it to run, jump, and climb."

While his legs may actually look a little bit awkward they are idea for moving through rough terrain with a surprisingly acrobatic grace. The machine can do moves most of us can't including double jumps, flips, and even pull-ups.

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