Halluc IIχ is a joint development with the Future Robotics Technology Center at the Chiba Institute of Technology, its Director is Takayuki Furuta. It is a mobility robot equipped with the articulated wheel module of 8 legs, each leg with its own wheel. It is the second generation experimental model of the Hallucigenia project, aimed at merging robotics with automotive technology. This transportation robot is 80.5 cm long, weighs 20 kg, and carries seven motors in each leg. Through the coordinated activation of these 56 motors, Halluc 2 IIχ can transform into three different modes: a Vehicle, Insect, and Animal mode. In vehicle mode, Halluc IIχ can pass through that gap of levels with keeping its horizontal balance. And also it combines rotational and omnidirectional parallel translation to freely move inside the two-dimensional space. Two additional modes were also implemented: insect mode for walking quickly across uneven terrains, and animal mode to quietly walk across narrow roads. The body, made with aluminum alloy 7075 and carbon fiber, is designed to emphasize the beauty of its structure. Hinting at the future of cybernetic organisms, Halluc IIχ realizes a design that merges mechanical engineering with aesthetic styling in a complete harmony. Employing robotics to achieve delicate motion, these zero-emission vehicles of the future will be able to smoothly enter into your living spaces and roadless nature, without having to rely on streets, parking lots, and other urban foundations. Halluc II χ is a small but significant experimental model for researching the basic technology required for such future vehicles.

MATERIALS: Extra super duralumin, ABS resin, Acrylic resin, Fiber-reinforced plastic / PROJECT COMPLETED: 2015 / DESIGN: Shunji Yamanaka / DEVELOPMENT: Future Robotics Technology Center of the Chiba Institute of Technology (fuRo)