A functional mobile robot.

Utilitarian minimalism.
The front wheel is driven and steered by
syncronous motors running on 120VAC 60Hz.
Copied by other research organizations.
Conceptual Design: Gregg Podnar
Mechanical Design: Gregg Podnar
Electrical Design: Mike Blackwell
Sensors: Kevin Dowling

G.Podnar, The NEPTUNE Mobile Robot, Annual Report, technical report CMU-RI-TR-86-04,
Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, February, 1985, pp.123-125.

Neptune in its heyday.

Neptune and unauthorized copies from other labs (2005).

An unauthorized copy.