Hyper-redundant robotic manipulators have a large number of degree of freedoms, which behave like snakes, elephant trunks and tentacles. They have great potential for inspection and repair, search and rescue in complex and unstructured environments, and minimally invasive operations in health care. The study of hyper-redundant manipulators is an active research area in robotics. This project is to design and build such manipulators using the concept of binary robotics. The hyper-redundant manipulators adopt a variable geometry truss structure (VGT). Each leg of the VGT is actuated by a pneumatic cylinder. They are controlled by a PC through a relay board and solenoid pneumatic valve units.
- Spatial binary manipulator (Matt Boyer, a ME student worked with me during summer 2005)