Leg-Wheel Hybrid Mobile Robot

I recently saw the below video showing a hybrid leg-wheel mobile robot developed at the National Taiwan University. The robot has two modes: (1) wheeled mode, for driving quickly and efficiently on flat terrain and (2) legged mode, for rugged or uneven terrain.

It is a pretty cool robot (particularly for the Transformers fan in all of us) and an excellent example of a creative mechatronic solution to the problem of how to maximize locomotion efficiency for a wide variety of terrains – I can’t wait to get one for my car.

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