HyLo, short for Hybrid Locomotion, is a collaborative project fueled by Undergraduate Students at CMU.
The purpose of our work is to extend the capabilities of small robots beyond what has previously been tried or thought of on a robotic platform. The current team consists primarily of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering students as well as members studying Computer Science. We seek to make the dynamics of small robots work towards goals of effective locomotion over a very wide range of terrain.
Our current goals consist of creating a planar, three link robot capable of traversing a set of monkey bars typically found on a children’s playground. Eventually, we would like to apply the knowledge gained from the simple robot to a more sophisticated 4 limbed platform. This four limbed platform is intended to be used as a base for various research problems. One problem that was addressed in the previous year was traversing varied terrain that could be encountered in an urban environment. We tackled the problem by attaching powered wheels to the end of highly articulated legs. With the new platform, we are seeking to create a modular design that can accept a variety of end effectors, such as hooks or graspers to accomplish other tasks.
The end goal for this project is to have a robot capable of traversing a tight-rope and climbing a ladder.
The following link leads to the web log tracking the progress of the project.
There is more information relating to this project on the Robotics Club website.
RoboClub HyLo Page
RoboClub HyLo Redmine
Great resources for the software side of the project can be found on Jitu Das’s site: hylo.r2jitu.com
This project has been made possible thanks to the guidance and support of Chris Atkeson of the Robotics Institute as well as the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Club.
The previous version of HyLo is called StairBot. You can find out more about that project on the StairBot page.