A Mobile Robot Which Locomotes on Walls to Interact with Rodents

Soichi Yamada, Keitaro Ishibashi, Hiroya Yokoyama, Jiei Yanagi, Atsuo Takanishi, Hiroyuki Ishii

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Abstract

Rodents are often used in medicine, brain science, pharmacology, and psychology, as experimental animals. We have been proposing a novel method that involves usages of mobile robots as agents to interact with animals to understand animal behavior. A robot which is able to locomote not only on floors but also walls are strongly expected to increase the variety of behavioral experiments. The purpose of this study is to develop a new mobile robot which is able to locomote both on floor and on walls interacting with rats. For this purpose, we invented a novel mechanism which made a mobile robot locomote by wheels on iron walls. The mechanism consists of an active bending joint in the body, a passive tilting magnet, and a passive tilting tail. We implemented this mechanism into a new small mobile robot, named WR-7 (Waseda Rat No. 7). In this paper, proposed mechanism and its implementation are described.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences, Courses and Lectures
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages330-337
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameCISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences, Courses and Lectures
Volume601
ISSN (Print)0254-1971
ISSN (Electronic)2309-3706

Keywords

  • Interaction with animals
  • Locomotion on wall
  • Magnetic attraction
  • Mechanical design
  • Mobile robot

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications

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