Student ballbot project

Student ballbot project

Postby Markus Waibel on 18 Jun 2010, 08:45

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A ballbot robot developed by students at the ETH in Zurich in cooperation with Disney Research
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A team of students at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland, have built a robot that can balance on a ball. The robot, unveiled at an event in Zurich two weeks ago and also shown at the Automatica trade fair, pushes the boundaries of current ballbots by allowing movements of speeds up to 3.5m/s and with inclinations up to 17 degrees. This allows it to perform unique movements, such as moving with high inclinations while simultaneously rotating around its vertical axis.

The student robot is developed in cooperation with Disney Research, who just opened their ETH Zurich branch earlier this year, and is meant to entertain and impress.

More info and some cool pictures at IEEE's Automaton...
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Re: Student ballbot project

Postby Adrien Briod on 23 Jun 2010, 10:06

A new type of locomotion is born ! Very elegant in my opinion, I can see how they will "entertain and impress".
A first occurrence of a similar robot was mentioned in the news a few weeks ago : viewtopic.php?f=3&t=851
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