Description:
Background
This invention is a morpho-functional robot capable of legged and aerial locomotion. The robot, called Husky, a quadrupedal robot can morph into a quadrotor. Advance composite materials, actuators, and control algorithms are used in the system.
 
Technology Overview
This robot can transform from legged to the aerial mode by using ultra-light actuators that outperform existing actuators in energy density, actuation power, and payload. This is achieved by fully embedding actuator components inside resilient composite materials as opposed to metal housings, which significantly saves payload. The control is novel and unique joint action thrusters are used in the process of locomotion yielding enhanced robustness.
 
Benefits
- Safe legged mobility
- Fast aerial mobility
- Robust locomotion
- Lightweight
 
Applications
- Allows for the safe operation of drones in residential spaces such as automated package delivery
- It can land on random rough terrain and irregular surfaces
 
Opportunity
- License
- Partnering
- Research collaboration
 
Patent Information:
Category(s):
Robotics
For Information, Contact:
Mark Saulich
Associate Director of Commercialization
Northeastern University
m.saulich@northeastern.edu
Inventors:
Keywords:
Robotics