Motiv Robotics has unveiled its incredible new ‘RoboMantis’ – a four-legged, wheeled robot that can take on everything from first response missions to farming.
With its arms stretched into the air, RoboMantis is much taller than a human, and can operate semi-autonomously.
The firm, which is also responsible for creating the robotic arms for NASA’s next Mars rover, debuted the robot for the first time at CES in Las Vegas today.
At CES, Motiv showed off the huge orange robot for the first time publicly.
It isn’t meant for high speeds – but, it could ‘theoretically’ hit 25-30 miles per hour, Motiv’s President & CEO Chris Thayer told Dailymail.com.
While the robot on display had just one arm, RoboMantis is customizable, meaning arms can be added or removed.
With its large four-legged base and the potential for two dexterous robotic arms, RoboMantis in many ways mirrors the form of its biological inspiration.
The robot is designed for hybrid mobility, Thayer explained.
‘It has a hybrid mobility system, so it’s both wheeled and capable of quadrupedal walking,’ Thayer said.
This gives it the ability to cross a wide range of terrains, and use the best option to optimize its energy expenditure.
‘If you’ve got to traverse a long distance, walking isn’t the most efficient form of motion – it’s not the most energy efficient form,’ Thayer said.
‘So we can get wheeled motion, we can go long distances with minimal energy output.
‘This can go back and forth – we can spin the wheels in any direction, at any time.’
Its arms have 6-degrees of freedom, and ‘it can walk if it needs to,’ Thayer explained.
‘This will happen in unprepared terrain, or climbing stairs, that kind of thing,’ Thayer told Dailymail.com.
RoboMantis operates under what’s known as supervised autonomy.
So, it can carry out tasks on its own and work with a human operator.
The system is customizable, Thayer explained.
‘Everything is very modular,’ Thayer told Dailymail.com. ‘So you could take it all apart, put it together how you want it.’
It can operate on battery power or as a tethered system, and uses encrypted wireless communication. And, it’s open source.
According to the firm, it’s ‘the most capable robot on the market.’