Conceptual Design of the Combinable Legged Robot Bio-Inspired by Ants'Structure

Chin Ean Yeoh, Hak Yi
2021 Applied Sciences  
This study presents a new combinable multi-legged modular robot that mimics the structures of ants to expand the physical capabilities of the legged robot. To do this, the robot design is focused on exploring a fusion of two robotic platforms, modular and multi-legged, in which both the body frame and the legged structure are designed to be a rectangular prism and a 3-DoF sprawling-type articulated leg structure, respectively. By imitating ants' claws, the hook-link structure of the robot as
more » ... coupling mechanism is proposed. This study includes the platform's development, and the experimental work on the locomotion in both single and combined modes is carried out. The result of this study proves that mimicking ants' structure in the proposed robots successfully enhances the capability of the conventional legged robot. It is feasible to use in a multi-robot system to realize ants' super-organized behavior.
doi:10.3390/app11041379 fatcat:lwchrnbzzrgzdcip44omtjv4zu