Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Robotics Monday: Using Two Drive Systems

Name of Model: DualGrip-NXT Rover
Created by: Dave Astolfo
Found at: http://www.plastibots.com/?p=1086
If you've experimented with LEGO drive systems a bit, you've probably noticed that different setups can handle very differently. A skid-steer tread system is great on sand, snow, and carpet, but isn't very useful for going up inclines of any sort. Tires can help with that, but leave you with a considerably wider turning radius. This robot poses a potential solution - using both, and alternating between the two using a third motor. Probably not ideal in some situations, but it looks like a good idea to try out.

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