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Genghis

Genghis was a six-legged robot built by Rodney Brooks at MIT in the 1980s. It demonstrated how complex behaviors such as crawling can emerge from a network of simple, decentralized controllers.

FEATURES

Equipped with modular subsystems and a subsumption architecture (a control approach linking limited, task-specific perception directly to action).

HEIGHT

N/A cm | N/A in

LENGTH

35 cm | 13.8 in

WIDTH

25 cm | 9.8 in

WEIGHT

1 kg | 2.2 lb

SPEED

N/A km/h | N/A mph

SENSORS

12 force sensors, six pyroelectric infrared sensors, two inclinometers, two touch-sensitive whiskers.

ACTUATORS

12 model airplane position-controllable servomotors

POWER

Three silver-zinc batteries

COMPUTING

Four on-board 8-bit microprocessors linked by a 62.5 kilobaud token ring. Total memory of 1 KB of RAM and 10 KB of EPROM.

SOFTWARE

Distributed control system with incremental software layers (for controlling different behaviors).

DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)

12

MATERIALS

N/A

COST

N/A

STATUS

Discontinued

WEBSITE

http://www.ai.mit.edu/projects/genghis/