Walking in semi-rugged terrain

While testing the improved gait sequencing for the quad A1 I got some footage of it traversing a few different types of outdoor semi-rugged terrain.

Tree roots

The first clip shows it walking over some tree roots. In this particular instance, it just uses a high stepping gait, which allows the feet to get on top of the root. The gait sequencing doesn’t handle walking over the taller part of the root very well yet… the robot can get “high centered” on two legs, with the other two flailing in the air.

Gravel

In the second clip the robot runs across some loose gravel and leaves. Here each foot fall skids around a fair amount and kicks up loose debris, but otherwise wasn’t too challenging.

Raised pavers

For the third clip, the quad A1 walks through some grass and over some pavers, which are around 1-3″ raised above the baseline grass level. Here raised steps allow the robot to move at nearly the same speed over the pavers as it can move over the grassy terrain.

Loose bricks

In the final clip, it walks over some loose bricks. With each footfall, the gait sequencing is looking for when contact is made with the ground. That allows the robot to stop pushing once contact is made. The current formulation does attempt to get the legs back to their “average” Z position at the end of each cycle, which is sufficient for this type of terrain, although a longer-term outlook would allow it to tackle even tougher terrain.

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