Cubli: A cube that can jump, balance itself on a corner and 'walk'

Cubli uses three motor torques that move at different speeds to control the movement of the cube allowing it to 'walk' or have controlled falls.
By Ananth Baliga   |   Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:02 PM   |   Comments

Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Cubli is a cube that can balance on a corner or edge or walk around by flipping over its edge or can be ordered to have a smooth fall.

The cube, six inches in length, was developed by researchers at ETH Zurich's Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control and can maintain its balance if pushed over. The cube relies on three spinning motors to get it going that will spin faster, slower or stop to help maintain its balance or continue the flipping motion.

The cube can first flip on its edges using the motors' torque and then with another motion balance on its corners. The spinning wheels, according to researchers, are similar to the mechanisms that stabilize satellites in space.

In addition to balancing, the motors can also be used to achieve a controlled fall such that the Cubli can be commanded to fall in any arbitrary direction. Combining these three abilities -- jumping up, balancing, and controlled falling -- the Cubli is able to 'walk'.

[ETH Zurich's Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control]
[The Verge]

Follow @antbaliga and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
Obama's plan calls for computer chip implants to help soldiers heal
Newfoundland fossil is earliest evidence of muscled animals
Tech industry All Stars developing 'Star Trek'-style communication badges
Wolf yawns are contagious
Latvia boasts world's first net for migrating bats
Trending News