This robotic cube can balance on its edge, stand on a corner and even walk

By on December 20, 2013, 3:45 PM

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.

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1 person liked this | Guest said:

This is how it starts...

1 person liked this | VitalyT VitalyT said:

That's what I call wicked!

1 person liked this | madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I know what I want for Christmas...

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Nice find Shawn! She said it perfectly, it is a cool little cube!

wastedkill said:

This has to be the coolest thing I have ever seen! Next we will see them on rooftops with guns! haha

Guest said:

They should send one in space

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Steve Steve said:

I know the applications are far reaching but kid's toys just aren't what they use to be

Things like this and the less complex versions such as the Sphero would have been amazing to play with as a kid.

Jotticage Jotticage said:

Might be cool to have a couple of those on a motorcycle, or a dirt bike

Spect said:

"to be used in unmanned vehicles to explore other PLANTS" ...sounds cool :)

misor misor said:

Walking = feet ?

fly = if with functional wings

swim/glide = if in the water

movement/motion for general displacement.

otherwise, the snake in my backyard can now both walk and crawl.

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Steve Steve said:

otherwise, the snake in my backyard can now both walk and crawl.

Upload that footage to YouTube.

Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

Nice find. Very interesting!

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

This is quite impressive, think of the possibilities!

Guest said:

Thanks Santa ;) and Merry Christmass to all humanity. (..and Vegas :p)

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