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This robot is small, purpose-built, and can easily climb stairs. The website has a lot of photos and is a great source of technical information for stair climbing robots. If you are thinking of building something similar, this is a must-read.

StairBOT is a small robot for indoor environments. On even floor it drives like many other small robots with a differential-drive. In addition it can change its length with linear guides mechanism with a spindle-drive. By this mechanism it can – together with its omniwheels (with brakes) and a support – reliably climb up and down regular sized stairs. It was one of the objectives for the design to use as few actuators and sensors as possible.

The StairBot – Link

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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