Giving Small Robots New Ways to Move

The Coordinated Robotics Lab at UCSD uses automatic feedback control to make small robots that can overcome large obstacles

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By Josh Romero

Thomas Bewley leads the Coordinated Robotics Lab at the University of Califonia, San Diego. They've developed several novel robots that use automatic feedback control to stay balanced. Switchblade is a small, treaded robot that can climb stairs by flipping itself end-over-end. I-Hop is a two-wheeled robot that can also balance (and hop) on its pogo-stick of a leg. For more about each robot, visit the lab's home page.