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Wheeled and tracked vehicles are mainly suitable for relatively flat terrain. Legged vehicles, on the other hand, have the potential to handle a wide variety of terrain. This article presents a new locomotion concept, adapted to both flat and complex rough terrain by combining the advantages of wheeled and legged vehicels. MATE-1 is a bipedal robot equipped with two special grippers which provide the capability of walking and climbing in rough terrain and rolling on smooth surfaces. A subtle design of the robot’s mechanical structure allows combining different locomotion concepts, thus increasing its mobility and its capacity to adapt to the terrain without exceed in weight or size.
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This robot has been designed to allow mobility on vertical ferromagnetic surfaces, including the transition between the surfaces.
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