Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Technabob is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Learn more.

HyTAQ Robot Goes from Air to Ground and Back in a Split-Second

by Paul Strauss
Advertisement

It seems as if the robots are getting ready for an assault from both land and air these days. Just yesterday, we saw a creepy hexacopter that could also crawl, and now we have a drone that can both roll along on the ground and fly.

hytaq_rolling_quadrotor

The Hybrid Terrestrial and Aerial Quadrotor (HyTAQ) robot was designed by Arash Kalantari and Matthew Spenko at The Robotics Laboratory at Chicago’s IIT. At first glance, it looks like an ordinary quadrotor, set into a cage. But that cage serves more than just a decorative purpose – it provides the means for the robot to roll on the ground.

hytaq_robot_detail

The polycarbonate and carbon fiber cage is attached to an axle which can spin freely around the center of the quadrotor. By landing the quadrotor on the ground and and using the same actuators to drive it along the terrain. It’s a really cool and elegant design that also is able to protect its rotors from damage. Check out HyTAQ in action below:

Man, that thing can switch from ground ops to air ops so fast. The robot apocalypse can’t be far behind now – or at least the coolest robot toys you’ve ever played with.



Jaguar Classic C-type Continuation

Jaguar Classic C-type Continuation

Restoring the Millennium Falcon

Restoring the Millennium Falcon

Mortician Rates Movie Corpses

Mortician Rates Movie Corpses

Advertisement
Some Ford Mustang Mach-E Buyers Will Get Their EVs Late

Some Ford Mustang Mach-E Buyers Will Get Their EVs Late

2022 Cadillac V-Series Blackwing Reveal Date Announced

2022 Cadillac V-Series Blackwing Reveal Date Announced

Electric Lincoln Corsair Rumored to Debut in 2026

Electric Lincoln Corsair Rumored to Debut in 2026

Advertisement