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08-12-2006, 09:26 AM
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new type of mobile robot that balances on a ball instead of legs or wheels. "Ballbot" is a self-contained, battery-operated, omnidirectional robot that balances dynamically on a single urethane-coated metal sphere. It weighs 95 pounds and is the approximate height and width of a person. Because of its long, thin shape and ability to maneuver in tight spaces, it has the potential to function better than current robots can in environments with people.

Check out the project web page (http://www.msl.ri.cmu.edu/projects/ballbot/).

Make sure to watch the videos here (http://www.msl.ri.cmu.edu/projects/ballbot/video/ballbot_push.mpg) and here (http://www.msl.ri.cmu.edu/projects/ballbot/video/nsh3305short.mpg).

Didn't the robot maid from the Jetsons only have one wheel? :confused2:

08-12-2006, 10:04 AM
Admit it Dave, you had the hots for Rosie!

08-29-2006, 12:19 PM
That design of robot makes a heck of a lot more sense than a bi-ped robot like the Honda ( http://world.honda.com/ASIMO/ ) or Sony ( http://www.plyojump.com/qrio.html ) robot.
The mechanism looks very similar to the old "ball"-style mouse that has been motorized. Cool!:thumb:

Those seem just way to goofy to control and besides who said a robot needs to look human?