Daisy, a six-legged robot built by a Robotics Institute spinoff company, is one of several new robots featured in "Robot Revolution," an exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry that runs through Feb. 4, 2018.
Daisy is a hexapod robot that moves with a spider-like gait over rough terrain. It was created by Hebi Robotics, a company founded by Howie Choset, professor of robotics, and some former members of his Biorobotics Lab. Hebi produces modular robotic components that make it possible to create custom robots quickly. It builds on the Biorobotics Lab's expertise in modular snake-like robots.
Robot Revolution explores how robots will ultimately be our companions and colleagues, changing how we play, live and work together. Daisy provides an example of the various ways that robots move and of how robots can access areas humans can't.
"Robotics is one of the most fascinating areas of science today because scientists and engineers are constantly pushing the boundaries of possibility," said David Mosena, the museum's president and CEO. "We hope that the opportunity to interact with such a wide range of robots will help people understand how robots become an integral part in helping to improve our world and inspire the next generation of innovators."