Omni-directional Forklift Truck

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Aitrax Omni-directional vehicle
Technology company Airtrax are selling a new type of fork lift truck known as the SIDEWINDER. What makes the SIDEWINDER different to other truck is that it is omni-directional, which in English means it can move in any direction without turning.

The SIDEWINDER (not sure why they insist it being uppercase) achieves it’s omni-directional abilities by each wheel having it’s own motor as well as 12 specially designed rollers. I’ve read through the documentation and still don’t really understand how it works, however seeing the video of it in operation looks really cool.

[AirTrax found via Vestal Design]

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