We developed the HoverBot system, a robotic platform that demonstrates the concept of derived locomotion. Derived locomotion refers to locomotion modi that take advantage of the environment to simplify the design of a robot and reduce its cost. In this example, a platform streams a constant flow of air beneath robots to reduce their friction with the environment. HoverBots interact (via planar coils) with permanent magnets that are embedded into the platform. Our approach led to a swarm of robots in which agents did not possess mechanical parts, but were comprised of circuit boards only. We seek to take advantage of the concept of derived locomotion to develop inexpensive, air-releasable robots (ARRs) that can be ultimately mass-manufactured.
- HoverBots: Precise Locomotion Using Robots That Are Designed for Manufacturability
M.P. Nemitz, M.E. Sayed, J. Mamish, G. Ferrer, L. Teng, R.M. McKenzie, A.O. Hero, E. Olson, A.A. Stokes
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