When it comes to robots designed to traverse rough terrain, there are usually walking and walking models. However, the new Tready robot combines the best of both approaches, using its four “flippers”.
Produced by Pittsburgh-based HEBI Robotics, the bot is designed for applications such as search and rescue, industrial inspection, or simply robotics research. The company’s Kamal Carter tells us: “Tready is for anyone interested in a rugged and tough mobile robot that can navigate a variety of terrain.
In a nutshell, the Tready consists of a rectangular body in the middle with four individually controlled movable legs, each with a rotating tank-like rubber track at the end. Called “flippers,” these grooves can remain in a horizontal configuration as the robot moves across the ground relatively evenly, moving up and down subtly following the contours of the terrain.
However, if it encounters an obstacle such as a fallen log or a large rock, it can raise its front flippers above the object, using them to lift itself up and over. It can also climb up and down stairs, and correct itself if it capsizes. In addition, because the robot is IP67 waterproof, it can withstand being submerged to a depth of up to one meter (3.3 ft) for half an hour at a time.
Already measures 1,100 mm long x 485 mm wide (43.3 x 19 in) with flippers set flat, weighs 25 kg (55 lb), has a top speed of 0.5 meters (1.6 ft) each seconds and runs for two to three hours per charge of its four included (and hot-swappable) lithium batteries. Its built-in Intel NUC mini PC can be pre-programmed, or the robot can be controlled wirelessly over Wi-Fi using the iOS/Android app. It can also be equipped with peripherals such as cameras or robotic arms.
Potential buyers can contact HEBI for a quote. The robot can be seen in action in the video below.
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Source: HEBI Robotics via IEEE Spectrum