Nikhil's Course project

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The Project Week 1 Week 2

Still not decided what kind of robo to make.

Actually I am facinated by the concept of a one legged hopping robot since its a challenging dynamics problem and a control problem at the same time. Though it has been proved that with careful design of dynamics and the model, control can be simple..ahh..lets see.

Till then enjoy this link

http://people.csail.mit.edu/russt/lrcc/robot.cgi?id=1


Another week has started and now finally I think I am ready to build my system. The inspiration has come from the gait patterns and locomotion of a cockroach especially when the creature is dealing with obstacles with heights greater than its own. I dont know yet how far I can go with making this machine, but its an interesting problem. I have just started putting together the building blocks and simultaneous simulation for the parts and expect to put up some pictures soon.

Till then I would like to share some of the work done in Case Western Reserve University on this kind of robot, which I intend to build.

http://biorobots.cwru.edu/projects/whegs/whegs.html

Prior to this I have been reading about the control and locomotion in cockroach, Blaberus discoidalis. Great piece of work done by Dr. Roy E. Ritzmann, Professor of Biology and Profesor of Neurosciences.

http://www.case.edu/artsci/biol/ritzmann/Watson%20et%20al%20v188%20p39.pdf