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— This work presents the design, fabrication, and testing of a novel hexapedal walking millirobot using only two actuators. Fabricated from S2-Glass reinforced composites and flexible polymer hinges using the smart composite microstruc-tures (SCM) process, the robot is capable of speeds up to 1 body length/sec or approximately 3cm/s. All power and control(More)
— Rapid and consistent turning of running legged robots on surfaces with moderate friction is challenging due to leg slip and uncertain dynamics. A tail is proposed as a method to effect turns at higher yaw frequencies than can be obtained by differential velocity drive of alternate sides. Here we introduce a 100 mm scale dynamic robot-OctoRoACH-with(More)
—Four prototypes of biomimetic sensors have been designed and implemented for flight control of a robotic flying insect. The ocelli use four photodiodes to detect changes in light intensity in the surrounding. The halteres use piezo-actuated vibrating structures to sense body rotational velocities via the Coriolis forces. The optic flow sensors consist of(More)
—DASH is a small, lightweight, power autonomous robot capable of running at speeds up to 15 body lengths per second (see video). Drawing inspiration from biomechanics, DASH has a sprawled posture and uses an alternating tripod gait to achieve dynamic open-loop horizontal locomotion. The kinematic design which uses only a single drive motor and allows for a(More)
A teletaction system uses a tactile display to present the user with information about texture, local shape, and/or local compliance. Current tactile displays are at and rigid, and require precise machining and assembly of many parts. This paper describes the fabrication and performance of a one-piece pneumatically-actuated tactile display molded from(More)
— The VelociRoACH is a 10 cm long, 30 gram hexapedal millirobot capable of running at 2.7 m/s, making it the fastest legged robot built to date, relative to scale. We present the design by dynamic similarity technique and the locomotion adaptations which have allowed for this highly dynamic performance. In addition, we demonstrate that rotational dynamics(More)
In this paper, we quantify several perceptual capabilities of the human tactile system needed for teletaction. We develop a model of a teletaction system based on predicted subsurface strain. Psy-chophysics experiments measure the amplitude resolution of the human tactile system, the effects of shear stress on grating orientation discrimination, and the(More)
In this paper, an efficient charge recovery method for driving piezoelectric actuators with low frequency square waves in low-power applications such as mobile microrobots is investigated. Efficiency issues related to periodic mechanical work of the actuators and the relationship among the driving electronics efficiency, the piezoelectric coupling factor,(More)