Deformable wheel

Think of the implications for lowrider technology:

A set of actuators can expand the wheel to its full diameter for traversing large objects and difficult terrain and retract them to a smaller diameter for moving under objects and small spaces. A series of sensors outside the wheels detect the terrain and then adjust the wheel diameter accordingly making the design both agile and strong. So much so that it's designed to move quickly while carrying a payload. If the robot is carrying too much weight, it will deflate the wheels until it can produce enough torque to move efficiently.


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2 Responses:

  1. Rhombus says:

    Will they help you deliver pizza fast enough to keep your head?

  2. Pavel Lishin says:

    In the other video, you can watch them teaching it to track down its prey: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JUVGp6-A5E#t=155