Wednesday 5 May 2010

The Ball Balancing Robot

Takaya Ochiai  and his teacher, Masaaki Kumagai from the Robot Development Engineering Lab, Japan, engineered this remote controlled robot that carry's out profound acts of manoeuvrability and direction.

This amazing robot rides on a rubber coated bowling ball which is guided by three omni directional wheels which enables the robot to effortlessly turn to any direction and also to pivot around it’s own axis.

This technology will have an extremely large number of uses in the future.  It is compact and able to perform this motion with a single point of contact to the ground. One use I can think of is in a hospital that could be used to distribute medicines and other simple dispatches to bedridden patients.
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