Murata Manufacturing, headquartered in Kyoto and famous for their ability to do high quality/high density electronics packaging, has announced the development of a bicycling robot.
The robot is approxiamately 1/8 scale, and when mounted on the bicycle the combined height is roughly 50 cm. The robot’s posture shifts to balance and steer the bicycle. This is achieved through the use of sensors coupled to a moving weight inside the robot’s body.
During testing, the robot and bicycle ran at speeds upto 2 km/hour, and was able to run the length of a 3 cm wide balance beam.
Murata expects to apply the technology to other applications and designs that require dynamic balance while moving.