Ballbot Robots Balance On Balls

You may remember Ballbot from last year, an omnidirectional balancing robot straight out of science fiction.

It appears to be a popular idea. Take a look at these robots that are able to balance on a single ball, using it for locomotion. The first two appear to be DIY projects, while the third seems to have some additional financial backing.

This next robot balances on a ball using LEGO Mindstorms NXT computing power.

Here's another robot able to balance on a rigid ball with sufficient control to balance a beaker of water on its head.

And here's Ballbot, from Carnegie Mellon (read more about Ballbot).

Thanks to an anonymous reader who suggested this idea.

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