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balancer

Doubtful     "Doubtful" - Which is how I feel about making this thing actually balance, thus the name. Read more

OK, I have just given up making a balancing robot. Ever.

Making a balancing robot - or even dreaming of making one just lost it's appeal.. because I will never make anything like this.,

Idea: A simple way of doing balancing

I was just cleaning up my desk (a little anyway), and found myself sitting with the guts from a servo.

In essense I had:

A potmeter. If it was turned to one side, a motor would turn to one side, and vise versa. A little turning = a slow motor, hard turn = fast motor.

Hmm.. interesting..

Now, what if I was not turning this potmeter, but a simple spinning disc, acting like a simple gyroscope was attached to it?

Then if the whole thing was tilting in one direction, a motor.. OR a complete servo (with guts taken out) would turn to one direction.

balancing pegstanding stairclimbing segwaying robot

It starts of as "Just another balancer" copying the segway gait. Then it continiues to roll up its hip and stand on one spine, before it elegantly scoots up the stairs... I'm impressed.