Title

RoboDog

Faculty Advisor

Popovic, Marko B.

Faculty Advisor

Radhakrishnan, Pradeep

Abstract

Legged robots allow for travel over the variable terrain commonly found on Earth, which is more difficult for traditional wheeled systems. Currently, advances have been made with legged robots through companies like Boston Dynamics. These robots provided the inspiration for Robodog. Legged robots pose a variety of challenges from mechanical design to control, and as a result, WPI has not produced many successful legged robots. It stands at 21 inches and weighs 18.9 lbs. Robodog was designed and manufactured from the ground-up, and is the first step toward cheaper quadrupeds. This was accomplished using servo motors and a parallel elastic system to decrease motor load and increase efficiency. After extensive experimentation our quadruped is capable of successfully walking.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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