Reconfigurable robot

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 1 October 2004




Rigelsford, J. (2004), "Reconfigurable robot", Industrial Robot, Vol. 31 No. 5.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Reconfigurable robot

Reconfigurable robot

Keywords: Robots, Control, Patents

Applicant: Xerox Corporation, USAPatent number: US6,725,128Publication date: 20 April 2004Title: Self-reconfigurable Robot

The invention relates to systems and methods for controlling a self-reconfigurable robot and comprises a plurality of modules used to create a structure required to achieve a given task. Additionally, it provides a self-reconfigurable robot having a plurality of modules where control of the modules can be expressed largely in terms of the local environment, and whereby for each module, agent-based control is used to achieve a suitable shape without needing to precisely specify the exact position of each module. Each module is made of a cubic shape with six faces, each face including an arm for expansion and contraction with another module is a self-contained unit with its own processing, sensing and actuation systems.

A modular self-reconfigurable robot can respond to a wide range of tasks and unpredictable environments, when compared to conventional designs.

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