The University of California Davis commercialize modular robot that will allow researchers to study the field of Robotics as a robot AI, biomimetika, and collaborative robots without having to build the hardware itself. Barobo IMobot quoted from news.com, developed by Graham Ryland and Harry Cheng, intended to fill a gap in the market for modular machines for research.
As seen on the video below, each module iMobot can be crawled or rolling around, and stand. The camera can be inserted into the faceplate turning joints, according to researchers.
The module can be linked into the shape of a snake-like robot that can be stretched on uneven terrain, or a larger can be moved on wheels.
Each module has a standard mount to the sensor module and other modules can be added in the configuration are limited. The start-up of this robot makers receive funds research for innovation-small business of the National Science Foundation, and they hope to market iMobot at the end of 2011.