A soft cube capable of controllable continuous jumping
Author(s)Li, Shuguang; Katzschmann, Robert Kevin; Rus, Daniela L
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Soft-bodied robots are designed to work in the physical world with a high compliance, while most of them lack in highly dynamic motion. In this paper, we present a soft-bodied jumping robot, which leverages its body's elasticity to achieve a highly dynamic passive bouncing motion after an active jumping motion. This robot has a cubic shape. It is covered by silicone foam, and each of its six faces has an opening to allow for jumping actuation. By winding up and releasing an elastic strip, the robot can jump in two directions at any orientation. We present the design, and fabrication process, and experimental results. By comparing this robot with a rigid version of the robot, we show that this soft-bodied robot can use a single jump to travel longer forward than its rigid counterpart.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
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Shuguang Li, et al. "A Soft Cube Capable of Controllable Continuous Jumping." 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 28 September - 2 October, 2015, Hamburg, Germany, IEEE, 2015, pp. 1712–17.
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