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Admin:
looks like an impressive chassis . . . definitely a complex design . . . inspiring too . . . although the video makes it look less than impressive i think . . .

pics
http://azimut.gel.usherbrooke.ca/pagephotos.html
video
http://azimut.gel.usherbrooke.ca/video/AZIMUT_TEASER.mpg (70mb)

they have a similar robot here made by the same people:
http://www.robomotio.com/azimut2.php

doesnt seem to work that much different than my old bot i made
http://www.societyofrobots.com/robot_taurus2.shtml

Militoy:
The video took too long to load on my laptop, so I moved down to watch your video of Taurus 2 instead. Nice, smooth motion control! It does kind of bring to mind the design of the Mars Rover. I enjoyed seeing the Roomba at work at the same time Taurus was following the line.

Dosbomber:
Apparently Azimut doesn't do stairs, but it's quite adept at dragging lazy frenchmen around in their office chairs.

What scared me is that it took 2 guys to lift it off the pedestal... ooof!

It's basically a hybrid of the 4-point omni-directional movement approach (ala Taurus2, etc.), coupled with the split-track traction you see in a lot of today's robots (usually a triangular front section that can move up/down to climb obstacles).

JesseWelling:
I think if they added another joint to make the leg more insect like it would be great.
What I mean is a leg joint between it's boddy and tank tread....then it would for sure be able to walk any where
it couldn't travel by tank action.

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