W9GFO's Mecanum Robot at Expo

ercoerco Posts: 19,779
edited 2012-04-16 - 18:07:28 in Robotics
Terrific robot nimbly navigates the wowed crowd! Vex wheels and pivoting axle are clearly a winning combination.

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  • Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi) Posts: 22,763
    edited 2012-04-15 - 21:18:23
    That is sooo cool! I've seen those wheels used on forklifts, which seems like the perfect app. Hopefully, we'll see more robotic applications of them going forward.

    -Phil
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,779
    edited 2012-04-15 - 21:43:28
    Rich described his "Kepler" project to me at Expo, hopefully he'll share that here too. Neat idea.
  • W9GFOW9GFO Posts: 4,004
    edited 2012-04-15 - 22:05:17
    erco wrote: »
    Rich described his "Kepler" project to me at Expo, hopefully he'll share that here too. Neat idea.

    Shhhh, that's a secret for now.

    The clue is right there in the name.
  • Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi) Posts: 22,763
    edited 2012-04-15 - 22:13:17
    Rich described his "Kepler" project to me at Expo, ...

    Shhhh, that's a secret for now. The clue is right there in the name.
    Keeping a quadcopter platform stable enough to host a large telescope would certainly get my attention! :)

    -Phil
  • RaymanRayman Posts: 11,377
    edited 2012-04-16 - 08:47:42
    It was very cool how it could go sideways. Still not sure how it does that...
  • GordonMcCombGordonMcComb Posts: 3,366
    edited 2012-04-16 - 10:11:19
    Very cool indeed. In case folks are interested in these kinds of wheels, here they are on the Vex site:

    http://www.vexrobotics.com/276-1447.html

    Price is for a package of four, which is a pretty good deal, considering. $15 each for nice 4" wheels is pretty good.

    Rich, how does your bot do on an incline?

    -- Gordon
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,779
    edited 2012-04-16 - 17:50:52
    Too bad Duane couldn't make it to Expo, he built a great robot using the same Vex wheels. The only thing better than a mecanum robot is TWO mecanum robots. It would have been cool to see the two mecanum bots dancing & orbiting around each other.

    http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?130797-Mecanum-Wheeled-Robot-with-Machine-Vision&p=1078740&viewfull=1#post1078740
  • W9GFOW9GFO Posts: 4,004
    edited 2012-04-16 - 18:07:28
    Rich, how does your bot do on an incline?

    It did not have any problems going up or down the curb cuts. That's the limit of my experience so far.
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