Meet the RCTR (Reconfigurable Continuous Track Robot), a mobile robot that has the ability to change its entire body shape on a link-by-link basis. This RCTR can change its shape while actuated using two motors only – “using just one extra actuator to ‘build its own track in the air as it advances.’”
This versatile, caterpillar-looking bot can climb up steps and descend, skip over obstacles, pass over objects without touching them, and crawl over a curved surface – using both a rigid and flexible body shape. RCTR was developed at the Bio-Inspired and Medical Robotics Lab. at the Ben Gurion University in Israel by Tal Kislasi and David Zarrouk. It can be used for search and rescue applications, agriculture, pipe inspection, industrial maintenance and others.