Man’s life has never been the same since the first caveman placed a log on the ground and saw it makes moving loads easier when placed over it. That idea has remained pretty much the same, with the only thing changing is where it is being used.
Well, it is time that idea changed. There is a group of researchers that have come up with a shape-shifting wheel. A wheel that transforms into rectangular-shaped tracks when needed, and then changes back a circular wheel; all at the push of a button.
As it works out, when changed into tracks, the wheels give the vehicle more stability especially when driving down a hill, and trying to find the safest route. The researchers say this wheel could change our expectation of the terrain vehicles can drive through.
The researchers from the Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center were funded by U.S.’ Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). The researchers partnered with DARPA under the program dubbed Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T).
The wheel has been configured to change from a circular wheel to a triangular track within two seconds while the …read more