The Conro modules for reconfigurable robots

A. Castano, A. Behar, P.M. Will
2002 IEEE/ASME transactions on mechatronics  
The goal of the Conro Project is to build deployable modular robots that can reconfigure into different shapes such as snakes or hexapods. Each Conro module is, itself, a robot and hence a Conro robot is actually a multirobot system. In this paper we present an overview of the Conro modules, the design approach, an overview of the mechanical and electrical systems and a discussion on size versus power requirement of the module. Each module is self-contained; it has its own processor, power
more » ... y, communication system, sensors and actuators. The modules, although self-contained, were designed to work in groups, as part of a large modular robot. We conclude the paper by describing some of the robots that we have built using the Conro modules and describing the miniature custom-made Conro camera as an example of the type of sensors that can be carried as payload by these robots.
doi:10.1109/tmech.2002.806233 fatcat:27a7x5on7radjnzkgdnz7he33m