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VertiGo robot climbs from floor to wall

The Vertigo's four wheels are unpowered. Thrust comes from the propellors. (Photo credit: Disney Research and ETH)
The Vertigo’s four wheels are unpowered. Thrust comes from the propellors. (Photo credit: Disney Research and ETH)

Disney Research Zurich and ETH Zurich teamed up to build a robot that can make the transition from floor to wall and then climb up the wall. A pair of propellors is used to flip the bot from floor to wall and move along uneven surfaces, such as walls with grooved masonry. Eight motors are controlled using a system similar to those used for standard RC cars.

“Weight is minimized by using a central carbon fibre baseplate, while 3D-printed parts in conjunction with carbon-rods are used for more complex three dimensional structures like the wheel suspension or the wheels themselves,” reads a release about the VertiGo. “The baseplate provides mounting points for two thruster modules and the wheel suspensions. It also serves as carrier for all the electronic parts and wires. The thrusters are mounted using a two-ringed Cardan Suspension. Integrated servomotors allow the inner and outer ring to be moved independently from one another.”

The researchers claim that theoretically, the robot could even move across ceilings.

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