NEWS We have just been selected for a years funding by NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program for our proposed "Super Ball Bot" Tensegrity lander mission concept.
The Dynamic Tensegrity Robotics Project is developing novel approaches to robotics structures and controls which address fundamental challenges with manipulation and interaction with complex and dynamic environments.
You can see a blog post about recent work on our "Tensegrity Snake" robot.
I also gave a lecture on tensegrity robotics and how it relates to the human body. This was in early 2012 while I was visiting EPFL in Switzerland.
For a quick overview of this project, please see the following whitepaper. While slightly out of date, I intend to update this whitepaper soon with a current description of the project and goals and recent research results. If the embeded view is not working, you can download the paper directly.
Open Source Status:
We are looking to open source the Tensegrity Robotics Toolkit (TRT), which will contain algorithms we have developed, along with a physics based simulation environment for Tensegrity Robotics. As of August 2012, we expect to have the first version of the TRT released during early 2013.