Cube-shaped robot balances on one corner and can move on its own

Cubli stays balanced even on a tilted surface
Cubli cubic robot uses flywheels to move around

Back in October, we heard about MIT‘s M-Blocks – they’re metal cubes that use internal flywheels to hurl themselves around, sticking together magnetically to form simple structures. Now, scientists from ETH Zurich have unveiled something similar. Their Cubli cubic robot also uses flywheels to move around, plus it can actually balance on one corner.

The robot measures 15 cm (5.9 in) per side and contains three “momentum wheels,” each one powered by its own brushless motor, and each located on a different face of the cube. It also incorporates inertial sensors, motor controllers, batteries and a microprocessor.

The inertial sensors allow the processor to gauge the tilt and angular velocity of the cube. In the case of the corner-balancing stunt, it then activates the wheels, using their combined and constantly-modulated torque to hold it in place. It can even maintain its balance when pushed or when its balancing surface is tilted, plus it can rotate on the spot or balance on one edge.

Additionally, as with the M-Blocks, it can move by running one or more of its wheels at high speed, then suddenly braking to transfer momentum from the wheel to the cube itself. This feature took some finessing, as the mechanical stress resulting from the sudden braking originally caused both the wheel and the Cubli’s metal frame to deform. Replacing the “metal barrier”-type brake with a modified bicycle brake fixed the problem.

Read more . . .


The Latest on: Momentum wheels

[google_news title=”” keyword=”Momentum wheels” num_posts=”10″ blurb_length=”0″ show_thumb=”left”]

via Google News


The Latest on: Momentum wheels
  • Hyundai is ‘humble and hungry’ to separate itself from the EV pack, Tesla NACS coming soon
    on May 23, 2024 at 4:50 pm

    After a strong start to 2024, Hyundai expects the momentum to continue with some of the most affordable and efficient EVs on the US market. In an exclusive interview with Electrek, Hyundai Motor ...

  • B.C. man, 96, has only set of wheels stolen as thief pilfers e-bike
    on May 23, 2024 at 4:33 pm

    Calling it a heartless theft, police in Grand Forks, B.C., say a senior who’s nearing 100 is now without wheels after someone pilfered his electric bike. RCMP the bike, which was locked up and valued ...

  • IPL 2024: We Have The Momentum Now, Says Rajasthan Captain Samson
    on May 22, 2024 at 9:10 pm

    Rajasthan, who won the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008 under late Australian legend Shane Warne, bounced back from four losses in five matches including a washout. Bengaluru's dream run ended ...

  • Perez 'wants to get the momentum back' in Monaco
    on May 22, 2024 at 8:15 am

    Sergio Perez is hoping that his proven track record as a Monaco race winner will help him bounce back from a disapointing outing in Imola.

  • 2024 Porsche Macan T First Test: Keeping the Momentum Up
    on May 17, 2024 at 4:56 pm

    The Macan T is one of the best-handling SUVs available, but don’t expect raw speed.ProsConfident, neutral chassisPrecise brakesExcellent steeringConsPricey for a base engineBefuddling at-limit ...

  • 2020 Volvo XC60
    on May 11, 2024 at 7:42 am

    The transmission is a[n] 8-Speed Automatic with all-wheel drive. How big is the 2020 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Momentum’s fuel tank? How efficient is a 2020 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Momentum? The 2020 Volvo ...

  • Will the ferris wheel spin good fortune for Rutgers football?
    on April 28, 2024 at 12:00 am

    And for a coach who likes metaphors, this spinning wheel might just be the best one ... Bowl to end its season on a high note. The momentum carried over into the offseason after 10 veteran players ...

  • The new Momentum Cito E+ dares you to leave the car at home [Video]
    on April 27, 2024 at 10:00 am

    All the cool suburbanites are already taking their kids to school, loading up at the farmers’ market, and making deliveries on clever and capable cargo e-bikes, but the new Momentum Cito E+ from ...

  • Investing in Momentum Stocks in 2024
    on April 24, 2024 at 3:48 am

    Momentum investing targets stocks with rising prices, prioritizing trends over valuations for profit. Momentum definitions vary, often relying on short-term price changes and technical indicators ...

  • Momentum Solar review 2024
    on January 13, 2024 at 1:13 pm

    Alex Hawkins is a writer for USA TODAY Homefront. He has worked on consumer surveys with over 5,000 homeowners, conducted in-depth interviews with solar and windows industry experts and has ...

via  Bing News


What's Your Reaction?
Don't Like it!
I Like it!
Scroll To Top