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|Target Environment||Locomotion Method|
|Outdoors, all terrain||4 Legs|
|Sensors / Input Devices||Actuators / Output Devices|
|IR proximity detectors
Joint position sensors
Joint Torque sensors
|12 Futaba servos|
|Control Method||Power Source|
|CPU Type||Operating System|
|Time to build||Cost to build|
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|Thing is a four legged, twelve degree of freedom walking robot designed for research in autonomous locomotion over irregular terrain. It is controlled by five 6811 microcontrollers connected in a serial star network. Thing stands 23 cm tall.
We use a distributed control approach to legged locomotion that constructs behavior on-line by activating combinations of reusable feedback control laws drawn from a control basis. Sequences of such controller activations result in flexible aperiodic step sequences based on local sensory information. Different tasks are achieved by varying the composition functions over the same basis controllers, rather than by geometric planning of leg placements or the design of new task-specific behaviors. In addition, the device-independent nature of the control basis allows its generalization not only over task domains, but also over different hardware platforms.