Meet Dima, a big-wheeled robot built at UCT

Date:19 March 2014 Tags:, , , ,

A cheetah copes with its high centre of gravity by whipping its tail to counteract the torque of sudden turns. Dima, a big-wheeled robot built at the University of Cape Town, uses the same approach with a tail that swings overhead and away from sharp turns. The result: its rollover-free turn speed more than doubles, from 11 km/h in a tailless version to 28 km/h. Catch Dima in action in this video…

– Alex Hutchinson