OpenBot leverages smartphones as brains for low-cost robots. With the success of the initial platform, Intel OpenBot team collaborated with IVY TECH to develop a low-cost Multi-Terrain Vehicle (MTV) for their next development phase. The MTV is inspired by several exploration vehicle concepts developed over the past decades for lunar and Martian exploration. The MTV is designed around a set of 6 actuated wheels, organized in a Rocker-Bogie configuration. Unlike most lunar or Martian rovers, the wheels cannot rotate radially. The vehicle therefore operates in the same way as a tank, which makes manual control rather intuitive.
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