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April 30, 2010

Ball Balancing Robot

at 6:29 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking


We have seen a Ball Balancing Robot before but this one takes the cake! It was developed by Masaaki Kumagai and Takaya Ochiai from the Robot Development Engineering Laboratory and Department of Mechanical Engineering and Intelligent Systems at the Tohoku Gakuin University in Japan.

Via: Make and IEEE

“The robot they built rides on a rubber-coated bowling ball, which is driven by three omnidirectional wheels. The robot can not only stand still but also move in any direction and pivot around its vertical axis.”


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8 Responses to “Ball Balancing Robot”

  1. bill Says:

    Wonder if it could be modified into an off-road version of the Honda unicycle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuIJRsAuCHQ&feature=youtu.be

  2. Pete Says:

    Hey, no cheating with all that inertial mass on the top! All joking aside, that is pretty sweet.

  3. MadScott Says:

    Put in an ink supply and program it to be the world’s biggest ball-point graffiti pen!!

  4. Pouncer Says:

    lol, good one Scott.

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  6. Alan Parekh Says:

    LOL, that would make the best commercial for Bic!

  7. gino palay Says:

    hello, can i ask schematic diagram of that ball balancing robot..
    thank you.

  8. RobbG Says:

    Does anyone know of plans, parts lists, software, etc for building one of these?

    I would like to use something like this a the base for a robot that does other things.

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