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Bio-inspired locomotion for a modular snake robot
Author(s): Shubo Zhang; Yi Guo
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Paper Abstract

Inspired by the snake locomotion, modular snake robots have different locomotion capabilities by coordinating their internal degrees of freedom. They have the potential to access restricted spaces where humans cannot go. They can also traverse rough terrains while conventional wheeled and legged robots cannot. Modular robots have other features including versatility, robustness, low-cost, and fast-prototyping. We have built our first prototype that costs less than $200. In this paper, we describe the electronics architecture of our prototyped robot, and present a model for the locomotion of pitch-yaw snake robots that allows them to perform different gaits. Each mode of the robot is controlled by a sinusoidal oscillator with four parameters: amplitude, frequency, phase, and offset. We show the parameters that achieve snake-like locomotion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7321, Bio-Inspired/Biomimetic Sensor Technologies and Applications, 73210E (5 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820257
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Shubo Zhang, Stevens Institute of Technology (United States)
Yi Guo, Stevens Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7321:
Bio-Inspired/Biomimetic Sensor Technologies and Applications
Nicholas F. Fell; Venkataraman S. Swaminathan, Editor(s)

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