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The goal of this thesis was to build a simple toy rock climbing robot, and to explore problems related to grasping, path planning, and robot control. The robot is capable of climbing a wall of pegs either under manual control through a host system and an infrared interface, or on the basis of a set of pre-recorded keyframes. In addition, the robot can climb certain peg configurations using a cyclic gait. The robot climbs in an open-loop mode without sensor feedback. All communications are sent through the IR connection, and the tether to the robot consists only of two power wires.
Senior Honors Thesis. Advisor: Devin Balkcom.
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Matthew P. Bell, "A toy rock climbing robot." Dartmouth Computer Science Technical Report TR2005-542, August 2005.
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