Researchers at the Beijing University of Technology have developed what is considered to be the country’s first-ever self-balancing unicycle robot, which they aptly call the Unicycle Robot.
Headed by Professor Xiao-Gang Ruan, together with his six graduate students from the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Research Institute of the BUT, and in collaboration with Spring Design, the self-balancing unicycle robot was shown at the Beijing Museum in China.
The Unicycle Robot was just one of the many projects showcased at the Creative Bazaar during the 6th Beijing International Cultural and Creative Industry Exposition, but it caught the attention of many robot enthusiasts as China’s first-ever robot capable of balancing on a single wheel. Murata Girl, or Murata Seiko-Chan of Murata Manufacturing, is another robot that is capable of balancing on one wheel.
This entertainment robot is capable of balancing even on a fixed point and can move forward and backward. It can likewise compensate for external disturbances. It can also navigate a balance beam, displaying how well it can balance itself. Its developers are looking forward to making this entertainment robot a guide robot, a robot capable of transporting goods, or a security robot.