This is Cerberus, a rover prototype constructed from a VEX Robotics kit with custom made components. It is the first robot that I designed with my engineering team at Saint Mary’s University. The robot is capable of transporting and deploying three soil assessment probes. There was a competition at the end of the course and Cerberus won with the shortest time. The claw is constructed from two sub-assemblies, the claw and carrier. The three pincers of the claw are controlled by one motor driving a cam lobe and the claw assembly rotates inside the carrier. The operator does not see the robot but must rely on cameras mounted on the robot.
For more information, pictures and videos of Cerberus check my team website: Sky Forge Engineering.