This Rolling Robot Can Flatten to Negotiate Obstacles

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Aug 3, 2016
References: fh-bielefeld.de & newatlas
A group of students working out of the Computing Engineering department over at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in Germany have developed a truly spectacular rolling robot, named the Ourobot, that is designed to be fully capable of altering its own shape in order to be able to negotiate obstacles of different shapes and sizes.

Named after the Ouroboros, an ancient Egyptian symbol that comprises a snake curled around in a cricle shape, this particular rolling robot consists of a dozen linked segments, with each holding its own motor and pressure sensor. As a result of this setup, the rolling robot can move like a regular wheel on flat ground, but can flatten down in order to climb over objects.

The rolling robot is truly a spectacular engineering innovation that could be of use in a wide array of industries including manufacturing, transportation and military.