Rolling Robot – Next, What To Do With It

Spherical robots are not new, its just that they have had a few drawbacks.  Primarily, how does a sphere climb over obstacles like large boulders that are in its path?  Greg Schroll has developed a possible solution to that problem by using gyroscopes to maintain momentum.  His invention has possible applications in space exploration, environmental studies, and underwater research.  Check out some of the previous spherical robots covered here on RobotNext.  The NXT-based rolling robot and the hamster ball for lunar exploration are two good examples.

Spherical Robot

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By Rob Fisher in Tech ​Colorado State grad student Greg Schroll has taken the idea of the spherical robot — basically a robot contained in a ball,
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