New Mobile Robot Balances, Moves On Ball

Posted on August 14, 2006 

 New Mobile Robot Balances, Moves On Ball Instead Of Wheels Or Legs

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new type of mobile robot that balances on a ball instead of legs or wheels. 

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.

Ballbot’s creator, Robotics Research Professor Ralph Hollis, says the robot represents a new paradigm in mobile robotics. What began as a concept in his home workshop has been funded for the last two years with grants from the National Science Foundation.

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