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If they were ball shaped how would you connect them to the axle ,gearbox and engine.
LOL..THANK YOU IKO,I just do not understand why it never caught on !!....   
One could take the (mechanical) computer mouse as an example. Instead of the ball driving two sensor wheels, this sensor wheels would drive the ball, which could then make the ball (and the complete vehicle resting on it) move not only back and forth, but also left and right. Imagine the ease for parkingin a street.
Would not different flooring levels ie stairs ect limit this robot to level surfaces...? I guess thats minor problem, but it's still cool!
..I am sure I have seen vehicles with this kind of wheel !!
Quote from: neilep on 28/10/2006 19:52:46..I am sure I have seen vehicles with this kind of wheel !!Possibly James Dyson's Ballbarrow:- " BallbarrowFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Ballbarrow was a type of wheelbarrow designed by James Dyson and released in 1974 in the United Kingdom. It used a ball instead of a wheel and had several benefits in that the ball did not dig into the ground like a wheel, steering was much easier and the plastic hopper was easier to clean than the galvanized alternatives."...sorry, you cannot view external links. To see them, please
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REGISTER or LOGIN ...To eliminate the tether, power, electronics, communication, and bearing means must be incorporated in the forcer itself. Our first effort used 4 ball wheel bearings, onboard electronics, and wireless radio communication.Here we have the smart "neilep2006" prototypeIsn't it a beauty?ikod
How would you turn corners. the front of the car would not change direction