This article is about the robot: SickSack that Aske Olsson and I created for DTU RoboCup 2007, which is an annual competition for autonomous mobile robots held by Automation at the Technical University of Denmark.

SickSack snake robot

The robot consists of nine cars connected with eight Futaba servos controlled by a microcontroller. All wheels are passive, the locomotion comes entirely from lateral undulation, which is wave movements in the plane similar to a snake.

Continue reading for the story behind the project, how we fared at the RoboCup competition with videos, and for details about the electronic hardware, mechanical construction and software.

By Lars Ole Pontoppidan and Aske Olsson

April 2007


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