Lula is an ambulating robot with four legs. Inspired by the gait of insects, Lula’s body consists of joined limbs that perform opposite movements. Her 'muscles' are wires and elastic bands and her exoskeleton is made of laminated paper, with reinforcing pieces of acrylic. She ‘walks’ with the help of a micro controller and three servo motors. The movement in her 'hips' and 'knees' is created in parallel bar hinges and single folds.
Lula took ten weeks to develop and was preceded by over 22 prototypes. She also has a younger (and smaller sister) Yona.
Partner: Lara Tomholt
Course: Informal Robotics, taught by Chuck Hoberman and Jonathan Grinham - Harvard Graduate School of Design