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ROCR Oscillating Climbing Robot (Image 2)

February 14, 2013
The ROCR Oscillating Climbing Robot, developed by University of Utah mechanical engineering professor William Provancher and colleagues, can climb carpeted walls efficiently using two hook-like claws, a motor and a tail that swings like a grandfather clock's pendulum. Weighing only 1.2 pounds and measuring 12.2 inches wide by 18 inches long, it has potential use in surveillance, inspection, maintenance, teaching engineering and even as a toy. It is the first such robot designed to climb efficiently and move like human rock climbers or apes swinging through trees. This research was funded in part by an award from the National Science Foundation's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program (grant DGE 06-54414). Credit: William Provancher, University of Utah

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