Scamp Robot: The Flying, Perching, Climbing Robot
Combining flight with the ability to climb is an idea that's at least as old as Archaeopteryx, but one that artificial systems have only now been able to achieve. The Stanford Climbing and Aerial Maneuvering Platform, or SCAMP, is the first robot that's able to fly, passively perch, climb, and take off. It operates outdoors on rough surfaces like concrete and stucco, using only onboard sensing and computation. Perching can keep a quadrotor aloft indefinitely on a single charge; climbing allows us to precisely maneuver to the perfect spot for data gathering or communication. Making SCAMP required learning from all of our previous climbing robots and flipping our previous perching strategy on its head - literally. The result is a robot that's part woodpecker, part Daddy long-legs, and part hummingbird - the newest member of the BDML family of bio-inspired robots.
- Country: USA
- Company: Stanford University