Thursday, 06 May, 2010 Technology

BallP - Robot that Can Balance on a Ball


The most impressive feature of this robot is its ability to balance on a ball. Dubbed BallP, or Ball Inverted Pendulum, this robot makes use of motors, micro-step controllers and gyroscopes with incorporated accelerometers to be able to balance upright on the sphere.

It is worth mentioning that BallP was created by Dr. Masaaki Kumagai, director at the Tohoku Gakuin University's Robot Development Engineering Laboratory. The ball driving mechanism makes use of three omnidirectional wheels that were created at Japan's R&D institute RIKEN. Using its omnidirectional wheels, the robot can spin around its own axis and easily move to any direction.

Being 1 meter tall and weighting 7.5 kilograms, this robot is able to carry heavy cargo on its head. Make sure to check the video below in order to see the robot in action. The ball in the video is a bowling ball that weights 3.5 kilograms.

More information on the robot you can find here.

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