China develops 1st spherical robot with telescopic arms

China has successfully developed its first spherical robot with telescopic arms, MST said on Monday.

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2010, 17:20 PM IST

Beijing: China has successfully developed its first spherical robot with telescopic arms, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) said on Monday.

The omni-directional movable robot with retractable
hands can perform tasks, has improved mobility and environment
adaptability, state media quoted an official statement as
saying.

Researchers from Beijing University of Posts and
Telecommunications led the government-funded research and
experts have certified the achievement. They have obtained
four patents for the invention in China and one in the US.

Spherical robots have been developed since the 1990s.

They have a spherical casing and move by rolling.

Changes in the spherical case`s centre of gravity and
friction between the robot`s external surface and the ground
provide the robot`s motive force.

PTI