The Conro modules for reconfigurable robots

Andres Castano, Alberto Behar, Peter M. Will

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Abstract

The goal of the Conro Project is to build deployable modular robots that can reconfigure into different shapes such as snakes or hexapods. Each Conro module is, itself, a robot and hence a Conro robot is actually a multirobot system. In this paper we present an overview of the Conro modules, the design approach, an overview of the mechanical and electrical systems and a discussion on size versus power requirement of the module. Each module is self-contained; it has its own processor, power supply, communication system, sensors and actuators. The modules, although self-contained, were designed to work in groups, as part of a large modular robot. We conclude the paper by describing some of the robots that we have built using the Conro modules and describing the miniature custom-made Conro camera as an example of the type of sensors that can be carried as payload by these robots.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-409
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

Keywords

  • Autonomous
  • Modular
  • Reconfigurable
  • Self-sufficient

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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