RHex is a bio-inspired, hexapedal robot designed for locomotion in rough terrain. It can drive over rocks, mud, sand, snow, and railroad tracks. You can throw any obstacle in front of it: RHex doesn't care.
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Roboticist Martin Buehler got the inspiration for RHex's design when he saw a cockroach racing over a rough surface.
The original RHex hexapod was built between 1999 and 2001 by a DARPA-funded consortium that included McGill University and the University of Michigan. Researchers continue to use the robot as a research platform to study dynamic robot locomotion. Other members of the RHex family include Desert RHex, Rugged RHex, T-RHex, Mini-RHrex, Aqua, EduBot, among others, and a commercial version was available from Boston Dynamics. The latest version, developed at the University of Pennsylvania, is X-RHex, which features improved hardware and a modular payload system that makes it a "laboratory on legs." X-RHex supports a variety of sensor suites on a small, mobile robotic platform intended for broad, general use in research, defense, and search-and-rescue applications.