This demo “Segway RMP” packbot—yes, that Segway—uses Mecanum wheels to move in any direction. Mecanum wheels were concived by Bengt Ilon in 1973, but this is the first time I’ve seen them in action.
Thank goodness PT was around to snap a video. He notes, “Very creepy. You know it’s a good robot when it’s creepy. All the good ones are creepy.” I don’t think the lovebot I’m building in the likeness of PT in my bedroom is creepy.*
Segway’s new RMP! [Blog.Makezine.com]