Saturday, August 12, 2006
Duh! Why wasn't this ever obvious before?! We knew the math to make inverted-pendulum rolling (1D) and hopping (2D) robots. We know the physics of mouse balls (specifically haptics). I think single-ball dynamically stable mobile robots will be the optimal form mobile robots will take. It just seems obvious now that somebody else has done it. I can't wait for the single-ball Segways.
Check out: http://www.msl.ri.cmu.edu/projects/ballbot/ for videos, description, and photos.
Burton MacKenZie www.burtonmackenzie.com