The Wheelbot: A symmetric unicycle with jumping reaction wheels

Researchers at RWTH Aachen University in the team of Prof. Sebastian Trimpe and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) Stuttgart have recently developed the Wheelbot a symmetric reaction wheel unicycle that can autonomously jump onto its wheels from any initial position. This unique robot, introduced in a paper published in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters was fabricated using a combination of off-the-shelf and 3D printed components.

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