Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Boston Dynamics robot named RHex is a six-legged robot with inherently high mobility. Powerful, independently controlled legs produce specialized gaits that devour rough terrain with minimal operator input.

  • Traverses rock fields, mud, sand, snow, gravel, 60% inclines and other rough terrain
  • Crosses railroad tracks, curbs, logs and pipes
  • Culvert inspection
  • Climbs stairs
  • Rugged modular design for maximum reliability in harsh conditions
  • Operator control unit (OCU) with live video feed for remote operation 
  • IP Radio with 400-700m range
  • Modular payload bay for mission specific packages

RHex Specifications

Weight: 27.5lbs without batteries
Dimensions: 22”L x 16”W x 5.2”H (legs not extended)

Battery: Two BB2590 Batteries
Endurance: 6 hours

Entrapment Risk: Extremely low
Speed: over 2mph on natural terrain
Slopes: Up to 60% slope walk, up to 84% climb mode
Vertical Step: 8.5”
Water Ford Depth: 6”+

Temperature: -15C to 45C ambient continuous operation
Water: IP67 sealed, water submersible
Exposure: Tolerant of humidity, salt, oil, sand extremes

Fore and aft cameras and illuminators
Driving Resolution: 320x240 pixels
Still Image Resolution: 1280x960 pixels
Illuminators: Adjustable 6W Visible, 6W Infrared

RHex has a sealed body, making it fully operational in wet weather, muddy and swampy conditions. RHex's remarkable terrain capabilities have been validated in government-run independent testing. RHex is controlled remotely from an operator control unit at distances up to 700 meters. Visible/IR cameras and illuminators provide front and rear views from the robot.


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