Cubli: The Cube That Can Walk and Jump

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Cubli: The Cube That Can Walk and Jump
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Built by Mohanarajah Gajamohan at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, the Cubli is a 15 cm cube that can walk, jump and balance on one corner.

Reaction wheels mounted on three faces of the cube rotate at high angular velocities and then brake suddenly, causing the Cubli to jump up. Once the Cubli has almost reached the corner stand up position, controlled motor torques are applied to make it balance on its corner. In addition to balancing, the motor torques 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’.

10 thoughts on “Cubli: The Cube That Can Walk and Jump

  1. Cubli: The Cube That Can Walk and Jump | Octo-Blog says:

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  2. 걷고 점프하는 상자 큐블리(Cubli) | Make: Korea says:
  3. Martin Harvey says:

    This reminds me of the magic wooden cube from Mr Magoriums Wonder Emporium.

  4. 걷고 점프하는 상자 큐블리(Cubli) | Hard Copy World says:

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Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker and tinkerer, who is spending a lot of his time thinking about the Internet of Things. In the past he has mesh networked the Moscone Center, caused a U.S. Senate hearing, and contributed to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered.

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