DASH is a little insect-inspired robot designed for search-and-rescue and remote sensing applications. It can run, climb over obstacles, and survive falls from any height (just don't step on it).
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DASH stands for "Dynamic Autonomous Sprawled Hexapod."
A newer version of DASH is equipped with a set of wings to help it run faster.
With its pliable design and rotary leg motion, DASH can climb over obstacles that are taller than it is.
- Lightweight, inexpensive, and robust design. Capable of running at speeds of 1.5 m/s, or 15 times its own body length per second.
- 5 cm | 2 in
- 10 cm | 3.9 in
- 10 cm | 3.9 in
- 0.016 kg | 0.035 lb
- 5.4 km/h | 3.4 mph
- Three-axis accelerometer, three-axis gyroscope. Cellphone camera optional.
- One brushed DC motor (for moving the legs) and one shape-memory-alloy servomotor (for turning).
- 3.7-V 50-mAh lithium-polymer battery, 30 minutes to several hours of operation, depending on use.
- 40 MHz microcontroller
- Custom firmware
- DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
- Paper composite body with polymer flexure joints.
- $100 (approximate cost of parts)
Created by Paul Birkmeyer and Professor Ronald Fearing at the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab at UC Berkeley, DASH is extremely lightweight and uses a single DC motor to power the legs and a small servomotor to slightly deform the robot's body, making it turn left or right. DASH went through several dozen revisions prior to the published version. This was possible due to the inexpensive materials used and the rapid prototyping manufacturing processes used to make DASH. DASH has since been succeeded by CLASH, a small hexapod that leverages the lessons of DASH to create climbing robotic platform.
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