, an engineer in Cumberland, Wisconsin, came up with the idea of a robot riding around on helical coils parallel to the ground, and then built a radio-controlled prototype in his spare time.
This work was supported by the National Science Foundation's Lexen
Program DEB-0085486, the NASA Astrobiology Program NCC2-1054, and an NIH:NCRR 01395.
This project is funded through the NSF LEXEN
program, with researcher Mark Messerli funded by a NRC Fellowship.