StickyBricks
AN ADHESION-BASED MODULAR ROBOTIC SYSTEM

 

 

The field of modular robotics depends predominantly on the scale and reliability of both actuation and inter-module connection. We present StickyBricks, a unique modular robotic system comprised of 30mm squares with dual adhesive belts around their perimeter. The dynamics of a multiple belt-drive system and the unique motion constraints imposed by such a system are examined. Several methods of adhesion are discussed, and a future view incorporating gecko-inspired dry adhesives, 3D locomotion, and sensing capability is addressed.

 

Video:
v4 Locomotion Demo (4.4MB .mov)
v3 Locomotion Demo (2.7MB .mov)

 

Schweikardt, E.  StickyBricks: An Adhesion-Based Modular Self-Reconfigurable Robotic System.  Working paper, 2007.
Schweikardt, E.  Current Trends and Miniaturization Challenges for Modular Self-Reconfigurable Robotics.  Working paper, 2006.

 

Contact:
  Eric Schweikardt
  tza [at] cmu.edu