May 1, 2015

Bio-Inspired Robot


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During my last quarter as an undergrad, while working on my senior design project, I also worked on building a turtle robot for the bio-inspired locomotion class at UCSC. The challenge was to design a very mechanically simple (only one servo) robot which its movement was inspired from nature.

As a solution, we were inspired by the locomotion of turtles. This project mimics the movement of the legs of turtles and works on the basis of the differential friction that a turtle’s feet make with the surface. To overcome the constraints set by the atmosphere of other planets, we simplified the design to require the least number of elements. The robot only uses two gears of the same aspect ratio and one servo motor.

This robot is a semi-autonomous rover that can move forward and turn in two directions based one the commands it receives from the small on-board micro-controller.

My Responsibilities:

  • Designed the mechanical design of the robot.
  • Tested the geasibility of the preliminary design by modeling and animating it in SolidWorks.

Skills Required:  SolidWorks, Laser Cutting, Embedded C, Digital and analog control.

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 1.29.19 PMDemo and Simulations

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