Being a heavy Sci-fi fan myself, I always wondered: how would those spherical wheels from Tron and I-Robot work in real life? And this simple thought began the 6-month journey of Project Orbitron.
Now, this project consisted of two major goals upon start:
This article will showcase my vehicle prototype Orbitron along with a short story behind the building scene. Then, I’ll introduce you to the highlight: a clever algorithm I built to control Orbitron seamlessly.
As I mentioned above, ORBITRON is a vehicle with spherical wheels, hence the name ‘ORB’itron. Unfortunately, I was a bit under-qualified to suspend wheels in mid-air with electromagnets, as many sci-fi movies suggested. Instead, I implemented a 4 Wheel Independent Steering/Driving (4WIS/D) system: a steering system for a four-wheeled vehicle that allows for separate speed and direction controls for each wheel.
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