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jdolecki
02-01-2008, 06:17 PM
Ball shaped rolling robot?

Why didnt I think of that?

http://www.rotundus.se/main.html

Dave
02-06-2008, 01:23 PM
I've always found spherical robots pretty fascinating. Controlling this kind of bot requires basically swinging a weight back and forth to tilt the body and make it turn. I saw one design that had a gas engine, which drove the bot but was also used as ballast for turning. I'll have to look up some links. There were a bunch of them rolling around at Burning Man last year, apparently.

Dave
02-06-2008, 01:50 PM
Here we go. Apparently the gas-powered sphere bots I was thinking about were something else, but here are the ones from Burning Man.:

http://blog.orbswarm.com/


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZpcGwWfRBE

In addition to looking awesome, they make music and interact with each other. Sweet.

archcvd
04-28-2008, 04:27 PM
Hmmm I wonder if they have some kind of wireless charging going on. I guess for a bot this size it's probably just a hatch you open up.

jdolecki
04-30-2008, 09:18 AM
Notice the bottles of beer on the table, the robotic inventors best friend.