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Modular robot

United States Patent

5,685,383
November 11, 1997
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A modular robot may comprise a main body having a structure defined by a plurality of stackable modules. The stackable modules may comprise a manifold, a valve module, and a control module. The manifold may comprise a top surface and a bottom surface having a plurality of fluid passages contained therein, at least one of the plurality of fluid passages terminating in a valve port located on the bottom surface of the manifold. The valve module is removably connected to the manifold and selectively fluidically connects the plurality of fluid passages contained in the manifold to a supply of pressurized fluid and to a vent. The control module is removably connected to the valve module and actuates the valve module to selectively control a flow of pressurized fluid through different ones of the plurality of fluid passages in the manifold. The manifold, valve module, and control module are mounted together in a sandwich-like manner and comprise a main body. A plurality of leg assemblies are removably connected to the main body and are removably fluidically connected to the fluid passages in the manifold so that each of the leg assemblies can be selectively actuated by the flow of pressurized fluid in different ones of the plurality of fluid passages in the manifold.
Ferrante; Todd A. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Lockheed Idaho Technologies Company (Idaho Falls, ID)
08/ 502,449
July 14, 1995
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION The Uunited States Government has rights in this invention disclosed under contract number DE-ACO7-84ID12435 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Westinghouse Idaho Nuclear Company, now contract number DE-ACO7-94ID13223 with Lockheed Idaho Technologies Company.