A group of scientists and engineers at the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan have come up with a new robot, dubbed the QRoSS, that works much like the Droideka robot in Star Wars (minus the laser cannons). This robot can be thrown at distance but when once it stops rolling, it unfurls mechanical legs that allow it to scamper the rest of the way to its destination.
The robot is sheathed in a 30 cm protective shell that works as a passive shock absorber. The legs operate independently from within the outer structure, enabling the robot to navigate treacherous and uneven terrain at speeds of 100 cm a second without falling over.
The QRoSS robot's design makes it suitable for a variety of applications. It could be used by first responders in emergency situations, specifically to scout or survey areas that may not be safe for human operators.
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