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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Omnidirectional Mobile Robotics

On the Ball: Omnidirectional Mobile Robot has just two moving parts.  Good play for simplicity.

From CMU:
Spherical Induction Motor Eliminates Robot’s Mechanical Drive System
By Byron Spice

More than a decade ago, Ralph Hollis invented the ballbot, an elegantly simple robot whose tall, thin body glides atop a sphere slightly smaller than a bowling ball. The latest version, called SIMbot, has an equally elegant motor with just one moving part: the ball. ... " 

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