NASA's PUFFER Robot

MikeDYurMikeDYur Posts: 1,844
edited March 19 in Robotics Vote Up0Vote Down
Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot's.

NASA's PUFFER robot has some unique skills, dust bunnies will be on the run.

https://www-robotics.jpl.nasa.gov/tasks/showTask.cfm?TaskID=283&tdaID=700087










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  • ercoerco Posts: 17,854
    Pretty cool! Pretty sure I see something break off in super slow-mo at 0:47.

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • ercoerco Posts: 17,854
    edited March 19 Vote Up0Vote Down
    PUFFER=Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robots

    I swear it's all about having a neat acronym these days. I'm sure some grant-funded bots start with nothing but a bitchin' abbreviation and work backwards from there.

    Of course, the ultimate acronym has been around for a while: TWAIN. Beat that!
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • MikeDYurMikeDYur Posts: 1,844
    edited March 22 Vote Up0Vote Down
    I wonder if NASA developed their own controller for this bot? A BS2 or Propeller off the shelf, could handle this task with ease. There is no science on board, but there is some room for it. That may be the hardest part, to equip this small robot with usefull instruments.

    How many of us want to submit our robots to a fall from 10 feet (3 meters).

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  • I had found a picture of whats inside, no Arduino I hope. Interesting hinge system on the circuit boards.
  • ercoerco Posts: 17,854
    Looks like v1.0!
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • erco wrote: »
    Looks like v1.0!


    Have you ever seen glass boards formed at right angles like that? Print traces sandwiched in the middle would survive, but not on the surface. Traces on the surface would probably buckle or crack. Man that is the way to design, thorough R&D, and then create version 1.0.
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