Botka balancing robot


A simple balancing robot build out of a GyroMax R/C car.

Botka, The Barely Standing Robot – [via] Link

24 thoughts on “Botka balancing robot

  1. Chris Tucker says:

    Dean Kamen, you have been pwn3d by a toy car.

    Have a nice day!

    Seriously, that is one of the neatest hacks I have seen in quite a while.

    Well done!

  2. Bob Darlington says:

    Very cool, dude. I’m pretty darn impressed. How does this thing handle ramps? Going down stairs?

    Keep up the great work,

  3. Jake of All Trades says:

    I can’t wait till Mattel steals this idea and I can buy a Barbie’s Dream Segway on clearance for $7.95 to hack around with :D

  4. Jake of All Trades says:

    Seriously though, this is brilliant–especially the bounce recovery bit. Magic!

  5. theRIAA says:

    WHAT, thats insane! doesn’t seem like it would cost much more to mass produce these…

    put a roll cage on that thing and kick it around, does it ever fall?

  6. Erik Lindemann says:

    Remind anyone else of a Segway?

    Maybe you could make yourself a Segway for super cheap.

  7. ardo says:

    I wish I could do something like that, I’d build a SteadyCam for my camcorder. Make something useful out of something that’s just cool…

  8. fosho4 says:

    That is really amazing.

    Yea. I’m looking forward to this thing being mass produced and hopefully the guy that made this will get some of the credit. Probably not though.

  9. Matt says:

    Where can I find more info on how this was built??

  10. darus67 says:

    I am in awe. I wish I had the skills to program a ‘bot that could do something half that cool.

    I’d love to study the source code for this thing.

  11. Jordan says:

    Please post the source code for this!!! The stability leads me to believe that some really intelligent filtering was used and I am interested to know how this was done (kalman filters?).

  12. Vince says:

    I think the main reason why it’s so fast and stable is it’s weight. Seems made of plastic.
    For more info about 2 wheels robots (inverted pendulum), look for nbot on google, there are some interesting links there.

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