The video above is from a team of Mechanical Engineers at National Taiwan University who used NI LabVIEW and CompactRIO to build a wheel to leg transforming robot that can drive around and also navigate more complicated terrain with its curved legs.
I wasn’t overly impressed with the robot until I saw the transformation. The variety of terrain it can traverse is pretty awesome. It looks just a like a turtle making it’s way over obstacles.
Side note: During college, I worked at National Instruments — the company that created the LabVIEW software used by this robot. It’s a graphical programming software that is really intuitive to use. Even if you have no experience with computer programming, you can pick it up pretty quickly. Instead of creating “for loops”, you physically draw a loop around a bit of code and a loop is created. Check it out if you have some free time.