A robot balancing on a ball

In the world of technology related to robotics, although there are humanoids of all colors and for all tastes, what is sought in recent times is to develop creations that can help the elderly or the elderly. people with household chores. But Dr Masaaki Kumagaidirector of the Robot Development Engineering Laboratory at Tohoku Gakuin University in Japan, created one that has a very rare characteristic: the ability to balance on a ball.

The metallic friend, called BallIPhas three omnidirectional wheels and can not only balance perfectly, but also can move to the place that the user likes.

So far, Dr. Kumagai and the student who proposed the project, called Takaya Ochiai, they built three different robots and the strongest of them all could support a 10 kilo brick. But they also made them work together to transport a wooden frame.

BallP is half a meter long, weighs 7.5 kilos and rests on a 20 centimeter diameter ball covered in rubber. The bottom wheels are controlled by a 16-bit microcontroller which in turn receives inputs from the accelerometers and gyroscopes.

Dr. Kumagai's idea is to make the robot more user-friendly in the future and enable it to transport objects. Can you imagine being at a party in 5 or 10 years and having BallP bring you your margaritas? If the answer is no, you better start doing it.

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