Rover V2 is an open-source, 3D-printable robotic rover platform that has seen a lot of evolution and development from its creator, [tlalexander]. There are a number of interesting things about Rover V2’s design, such as the way the wheel hubs themselves contain motors and custom planetary gearboxes. This system is compact and keeps weight down low to the ground, which helps keep a rover stable. The platform is all wheel drive, and moving parts like the suspension are kept high up, as far away from the ground as possible. Software is a custom Python stack running on a Raspberry Pi that provides basic control.
The Rover V2 is a full mechanical redesign of the previous version, which caught our attention with its intricate planetary gearing inside the wheel hubs. [tlalexander]’s goal is to create a robust, reliable rover platform for development that, thanks to its design, can be mostly 3D printed and requires a minimum of specialized hardware.
10 thoughts on “Rover V2 Handles Stairs As Easily As The Outdoors”
I love the springs. I just wish they were adjustable. I guess you could just use different springs as needed. They would be easy to switch out.
fork the design and modify it to accommodate RC car performance shocks instead!
The beauty of open source designs…love it.
It can handle stairs? Good. Next, it needs to be able to open doors. Finally, make it able to pick up soda cans, and then it will truly be useful.
Boston Dynamics has got your demands covered. :-) (backflips too)
I think his comment was sarcastic btw
SpotMini – The stuff dreams (nightmares?) are made of.
Stairs? As long as there is no video. It didn’t happen!
+1, i mean it looks neat and all (and one can only cheer a open source project like this on) but according too the project page its just a rolling chassis atm, not sure how that is supposed to handle stairs?
Good point! There is some stair stuff in this video (but they are outdoor stairs that are much wider and shallower height than indoor ones, but it *is* intended as an outdoor rover and it does seem to handle them fairly easily) https://youtu.be/LIkX7wniYh0?t=138
Also a few more nice images I found here (no stairs but nice pics) https://imgur.com/gallery/9t8yRtZ
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