Thursday, November 07, 2013

Rock Climbing Robot!

Check out this video of JPL's robot that is capable of rock climbing...hell I would say mountain climbing if they develop an autonomous version!

This tech comes from earlier versions that were developed for satellites giving them the ability to reach out and grab onto asteroids or other space debris.   The newer version has been integrated into a robot that can not only grab but climb.

The robot has four articulate arms. Each is arm has a gripper at the end that has 750 tiny claws that can easily engage a rock's surface and then release, allowing the robot to climb.

As the video also shows, the "limbs" can also be used by astronauts for a variety of functions in varied environments.  

Full article HERE on Gizmodo


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