The cylindrical cage of the HyTAQ (Hybrid Terrestrial and Aerial Quadrotor) gives the robot both aerial and rolling terrestrial locomotion capabilities (Photo:
The HyTAQ's quadrotor is fitted with an onboard camera
The HyTAQ's cylindrical cage can roll over various types of terrain
The HyTAQ's quadrotor is joined to the cage via a shaft connect by two rotating joints
A team at the Robotics Lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) has come up with another take on the caged flying robots like the spherical air vehicle developed by Japan’s Ministry of Defense (JMD) and the more recent Kyosho Space Ball. However, instead of a spherical shape, the the outer protective cage of the HyTAQ (Hybrid Terrestrial and Aerial Quadrotor) is cylindrical and is attached to the quadrotor via a shaft connected by two rotating joints, thereby providing the HyTAQ with the ability to fly or roll over the ground.
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