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+ - Deformable Mobile Robot with Origami Wheels which can expand and shrink in size

Submitted by rtoz
rtoz (2530056) writes "Researchers from Seoul National University, South Korea, have designed a robotic wheel based on the origami 'magic ball pattern,' which is a traditional technique used to create folded paper spheres.

This Robotic wheel can change its radius to create larger wheels to climb over things, and shrink back to a smaller size to squeeze under obstacles

The diameter of the wheels grows and shrinks automatically to enable the robot to either be strong or speedy.

The origami wheel can enable the robot to be both speedy and strong because it expands and shrinks in size automatically.

And, it is possible to control the shape of the wheel using only a few actuators.

The scientists think their innovation could one day be used for interplanetary rovers as the wheel can be folded up and 'inflate' itself."
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Deformable Mobile Robot with Origami Wheels which can expand and shrink in size

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