Cricket-based robots

Matthew C. Birch, Roger D. Quinn, Geon Hahm, Stephen M. Phillips, Barry T. Drennan, Andrew J. Fife, Randall D. Beer, Xinyu Yu, Steven L. Garverick, Sathaporn Laksanacharoen, Alan J. Pollack, Roy E. Ritzmann

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The development of an autonomous hybrid microrobot is discussed. It uses legs for propulsion and support of the rear half of the body and a pair of wheels for support of the front half. The design allows for more capable locomotion and provides a simpler system than a totally legged robot. The legged propulsion of the hybrid robot is inspired by the locomotor behavior of the house cricket.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-30
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Artificial muscles
  • Biology
  • MEMS
  • Micro-valves
  • Minature robots
  • Neural networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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