Legs or Wheels, Robot Uses Both: Page 2 of 2

TurboQuad can quickly switch back and forth between the two modes of locomotion, enabling it to traverse rough or flat terrain.

enabled the team of mechanical engineers to complete the project without seeking the expertise of electrical engineers or programmers. “It provided a platform, user interface and tools so we could fulfill our ideas,” Wang said.

Currently, the robot’s transformations must be made via remote control, but plans are for TurboQuad to make the changeovers autonomously, merely by watching the terrain ahead. “Our future work includes adding a camera, so it can understand the environment on its own,” Wang said. “That way, it could make all the decisions by itself.”

Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 33 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and autos.

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