MorpHex is both ball and robot, rolling and creepy
by Mark R
This is the MorpHex, and I would highly suggest that you hit the jump so you can see what it can do in the video.
You will notice that has six feet so it can walk along on the floor in a creepy fashion like a weird spider, but it can also curl up into a ball and roll once its feet are retracted.
You can watch as it does some interesting movements like some funky dancing, and you can see that it is quite large. I thought from the picture you see here that it was the size of a tennis ball, but it actually is the size of a globe.
The MorpHex is designed by Norwegian engineer Kare Halvorsen, and he used a globe from Toys “R” Us. He also used 25 servos, a Basicmicro ARC-32 board, an XBee radio, a 2S 5000mAh LiPo battery pack, and a Turnigy 8 amp regulator.
So far, the designer can make the MorpHex crawl, but he can’t make it roll in a controlled direction. This reminds me of something from a science fiction movie, like the rolling robots from Star Wars Episode I. I’m not looking forward to the day these creepy ball robots chase after me like those spider robots from Minority Report.