Category: POPULAR ROBOTICS

Omni-Crawler Drives In All Directions #DigInfo

Omni-Crawler Tracked Robot Drives In All Directions 11076

A new technology in Tracked Robots, by Osaka University
A simple Robotic Mechanism which can easily move towards all directions

At Innovation Japan 2011, a research group from Osaka University presented Omni-Crawler, a crawler that can be driven in all directions. The group also presented the Omni-Ball, a ball-shaped, omni-directional wheel the principals of which are implemented in the crawler.

“Our current crawler mechanism is designed to move sideways as well. With a conventional crawler, if you position it to enter a narrow space, the crawler has to turn round repeatedly. But this crawler can move sideways as well, so it’s easy to fine-tune its movements. Ordinarily, there’s a lot of energy loss due to turning, but this crawler can be positioned immediately by moving to the side just a little. So we think this crawler can greatly minimize energy loss as well.”

Honda UNI-CUB Personal Mobility Device

Honda UNI-CUB Personal Mobility Device 11070

Honda Motor Co. unveiled the new UNI-CUB personal mobility device, designed for harmony with people. Featuring a compact design and comfortable saddle, UNI-CUB offers the same freedom of movement in all directions that a person enjoys while walking.

A New Personal City Gadget

A New Personal Robotic Gadget – Solo Wheel 31020

The Solowheel from Inventist, Inc. is simultaneously an advanced form of low-energy, zero-emission, ultra-portable transportation and a modern version of Thor’s prehistoric wheel from “B.C.” Not that self-balancing people movers are anything new, even in modern times.

The best known product in this category is the Segway. The main difference between a Segway and a Solowheel is size. The Segway has two wheels and a long handle for the “driver” to hang on to. By contrast, the Solowheel is just what it sounds like – a single wheel, but one with a small handle on top so that when you’ve finished using it for transportation, you can pick it up and carry it with you.

Creative Robot Project -  Adorable Little Lamp Robot

Creative Project – Adorable Little Lamp Robot – 31014

 

Luxo Jr, the adorable little lamp that appears in the Disney Pixar logo, illustrates how animators can breathe life into mundane inanimate objects. Now, robotics technology allows us to do the same thing in real life, as shown by a trio from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Using a combination of readily available robotics and automated manufacturing technology, mixed with open-source software, they were able to grace a desk lamp with a little personality.

MorpHex part II

Innovation Contest Winner Hexapod – Morphex – 31007

The Boca Bearing Company is pleased to announce the final winners of the 2012 Innovation Contest. To celebrate 25 years in business Boca Bearings challenged their community of engineers, robot builders, mechanics and makers to show us their innovative mechanical project videos. The only rule was their project had to utilize ball bearings, roller bearings, linear bearings or any form of full ceramic or ceramic hybrid bearings in some capacity.