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