Integrated sensing of movement and forces in a technical limb
Current planetary surface exploration rovers' navigation techniques mainly focus on the visual stimulants. Typical visual navigation components (e.g. CCD-camera) are bulky and real-life tracking algorithms heavy on the processor unit.
In this project, we are trying to implement our knowledge of ants into robotics. The way ants and some other insects count their steps and measure the strain in their Campaniform Sensillas to navigate through the terrain. We want to come up with an navigation system that is not requiring a lot of processing power or space and is precise enough to keep track of our rovers.