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Balancing Cube: Self-Balancing Robot Can Stand on a Single Point

by Paul Strauss

This incredible, unusual robot can balance itself on any of its corners when stood on point.

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The Balancing Cube was developed by Sebastian Trimpe and Raffaello D’Andrea for the Institute of Dynamic Systems and Control. The strange looking robot uses a set of DC motors and sensors attached to six networked balancing mechanisms which allow the robot to constantly maintain an upright position.

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It can balance not only on its corners, but on any edge. It can even keep from tipping over when pushed (gently). Now why you’d need a robot to do this is anyone’s guess. Maybe for a robotic tightrope act?

[via IEEE Spectrum]




Comments (1):

  1. Helios says:

    i have the idea that you could use it for a motorcycle as a stabilizer? its anyone’s geus if that could work. i am just trowing the idea around.

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