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October 3, 2011 AT 10:52 am

The Omni-Ball

A  group of researchers from Osaka University have created what they call The Omni-Ball.  It’s made up of two matching hemispheres attached to either side of an axle. The hemispheres can move independently or together as a sphere. They then used the Omni-Ball to create the Omni-Crawler, a small vehicle that can move in all directions.

Via diginfo.tv


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2 Comments

  1. Seems too inefficient to scale up. I liked the gimball drive system that a student at Bradley U reinvented omg that was fast
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaT7M3Nwj7c
    I may have to have a go at making a microcontroller stabilized version of that!

    is the tube like gripper the same as the toy kids get that are super hard to hold?

  2. I don’t really see the improvement on mechanum wheels ?

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