China develops first spherical robot with telescopic arms - People's Daily Online
December 20, 2010
China has successfully developed its first spherical robot with telescopic arms
, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) said Monday.
The omni-directional movable robot with retractable hands can perform tasks,
a statement on the ministry's website said.
It has improved mobility and environment adaptability
, the statement added.
Researchers from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications led the government-funded research and experts have certified the achievement. They have obtained four patents for the invention in China and one in the United States.
Spherical robots have been developed since the 1990s. They have a spherical casing and move by rolling.
Changes in the spherical case's center of gravity and friction between the robot's external surface and the ground provide the robot's motive force.