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BallIP

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BallIP (short for "ball inverted pendulum") is a robot that balances on a ball. It's designed to explore the feasibility of dynamic balancing systems. More important, it would make a great cocktail waiter.

Creator
Tohoku Gakuin University
Country
Japan πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅
Year
2008
Type
Research
Creator
Tohoku Gakuin University
Country
Japan πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅
Year
2008
Type
Research

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Specs

FEATURES
Able to support payloads of up to 15 kg (33 lb). Has autonomous and remote-control operation modes.
HEIGHT
65 cm | 25.6 in (including ball)
LENGTH
26 cm | 10.2 in
WIDTH
26 cm | 10.2 in
WEIGHT
12.5 kg | 27.6 lb (including ball)
SPEED
3.6 km/h | 2.2 mph (max)

SENSORS
Attitude sensors, two gyroscopes, two accelerometers.
ACTUATORS
Three omnidirectional wheels directly coupled to three stepper motors.
POWER
Three 7.2-V 3000-mAh nickel-metal hydride battery, 1 hour of operation
COMPUTING
Renesas 16-bit H8/3052 microcontroller
SOFTWARE
Control system written in C.
DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
3
MATERIALS
N/A
COST
$1,000 (hardware; design and manufacturing not included)
STATUS
Ongoing
HISTORY
N/A
WEBSITE
http://www.mech.tohoku-gakuin.ac.jp/rde/index_e.html

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