We’ve seen robots pull off all sorts of impressive feats over the years but I bet you’ve never seen one like the Cubli. As the name suggests, it’s a cube-shaped robot created by researchers in Switzerland that is capable of a number of surprising talents that must be seen to be believed.
Inside the 6-inch cube is an array of mechanisms that enable it to balance on its edge or even stand upright on a single corner. This remains true even if the Cubli is bumped or the surface it is standing on is raised. But perhaps most impressive of all is the fact that it can effectively “walk” across a surface using the spinning wheels within to create the necessary momentum.
The technology is similar to what is already in use to stabilize satellites and could potentially be used in unmanned vehicles to explore other plants, according to the researchers.