Can a triangle of tank tracks outperform omni wheels?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — March 16th, 2022 Omni wheels are fantastic because they let a vehicle drive forward, backward, left, right, and rotate — all without a steering mechanism. There are only two catches: all four omni wheels must be driven and omni wheels don’t handle rough terrain or obstacles well. Tank tracks are perfect for…… Continue reading Can a triangle of tank tracks outperform omni wheels?

James Bruton’s strange bicycle robot self-balances with an omni wheel

Reading Time: 2 minutes James Bruton’s strange bicycle robot self-balances with an omni wheel Arduino Team — February 26th, 2022 Omni wheels, sometimes referred to by the trademarked Mecanum name, are special wheels lined with rollers. Thanks to the orientation of the rollers, a vehicle equipped with four omni wheels (each driven independently) can move in any direction by…… Continue reading James Bruton’s strange bicycle robot self-balances with an omni wheel

James Bruton’s robot uses three ball-shaped wheels to move in any direction

Reading Time: 2 minutes James Bruton’s robot uses three ball-shaped wheels to move in any direction Arduino Team — June 5th, 2021 Wheeled robots normally have wheels that move in a single axis and steer by using either differential speeds or by pivoting some kind of guide wheel. However, this leads to some drawbacks, the most obvious being an…… Continue reading James Bruton’s robot uses three ball-shaped wheels to move in any direction

OmBURo is an Arduino-controlled unicycle robot with an active omnidirectional wheel

Reading Time: 2 minutes OmBURo is an Arduino-controlled unicycle robot with an active omnidirectional wheel Arduino Team — February 4th, 2020 Omni wheels normally contain a number of rollers arranged on their circumference, allowing them to slide left and right and perform various tricks when combined with others. The rollers on UCLA researchers Junjie Shen and Dennis Hong’s OmBURo, however,…… Continue reading OmBURo is an Arduino-controlled unicycle robot with an active omnidirectional wheel

Omni-wheel robot slides across the paper as a mobile plotter

Reading Time: < 1 minutes Omni-wheel robot slides across the paper as a mobile plotter Arduino Team — March 8th, 2019 Retired maker “lingb” created an omni-bot, with four wheels that allow sliding motion in the X/Y plane courtesy of their perpendicular rollers. While that alone would have been a fun build, he also attached a pen, along with a…… Continue reading Omni-wheel robot slides across the paper as a mobile plotter

Designing an omni wheel robot platform with Arduino

Reading Time: < 1 minutes Designing an omni wheel robot platform with Arduino Arduino Team — November 27th, 2018 Omni wheels are devices that look like wheels with extra rollers positioned along their circumference. This allows robots to move forwards and backwards, as well as slide and spin depending on how the wheels are powered. Maker Jeremy S. Cook decided…… Continue reading Designing an omni wheel robot platform with Arduino

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