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Buckminster Fuller

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Richard Buckminster Fuller (ˈfʊlɚ; July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983) was an American architect, systems theorist, writer, designer, inventor, philosopher, and futurist. He styled his name as R. Buckminster Fuller in his writings, publishing more than 30 books and coining or popularizing such terms as "Spaceship Earth", "Dymaxion" (e.g., Dymaxion house, Dymaxion car, Dymaxion map), "ephemeralization", "synergetics", and "tensegrity". Fuller developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, and popularized the widely known geodesic dome; carbon molecules known as fullerenes were later named by scientists for their structural and mathematical resemblance to geodesic spheres. He also served as the second World President of Mensa International from 1974 to 1983. Fuller was awarded 28 United States patents and many honorary doctorates. In 1960, he was awarded the Frank P. Brown Medal from The Franklin Institute. He was elected an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1967, on th
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Dual Stiffness Tensegrity Platform for Resilient Robotics

Dario Floreano, Stefano Mintchev, Yi Sun, Davide Zappetti

Collision resilience is an important feature of robots deployed in unstructured and partially unpredictable environments. Herein, a novel dual stiffness (DS) tensegrity platform to integrate collision resilience into a robot body is proposed. The proposed DS tensegrity platform is rigid during normal robot operation, but softens upon collision to withstand the impact. The DS behavior is achieved by means of a novel DS strut that is rigid, but can buckle without breaking under high loads, thus preventing damage to the robot. Compression tests and finite element method simulations show that both the DS struts and DS tensegrities undergo substantial stiffness change with maximum load-bearing ratios up to 10.5 and 5.74, respectively, before and after buckling. These DS tensegrity structures are integrated into two types of robots, a drone and a rover, that are shown to withstand falls from 2 and 5 m, respectively. The mechanical tunability of the proposed DS tensegrity system makes it suitable for impact attenuation in a wide range of situations and robot types.
2022
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