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Robotics, Volume 1, Issue 1 (December 2012), Pages 1-23

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Open AccessEditorial Robotics — Inspired from Nature
Robotics 2012, 1(1), 1-2; doi:10.3390/robotics1010001
Received: 16 April 2012 / Accepted: 17 April 2012 / Published: 24 April 2012
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It is my great pleasure to welcome you to a new open access journal, Robotics, which is dedicated to both the foundations of artificial intelligence, bio-mechanics, mechatronics and control theories, and the real-world applications of robotic perception, cognition and actions. This includes
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It is my great pleasure to welcome you to a new open access journal, Robotics, which is dedicated to both the foundations of artificial intelligence, bio-mechanics, mechatronics and control theories, and the real-world applications of robotic perception, cognition and actions. This includes the innovative scientific trends, and discovery resulting from solving new challenges in the field of robotics. Its open access and rapid dissemination are the unique features separating this journal from all existing journals dedicated to robotics. [...] Full article

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Open AccessReview A Review of Active Mechanical Driving Principles of Spherical Robots
Robotics 2012, 1(1), 3-23; doi:10.3390/robotics1010003
Received: 10 October 2012 / Revised: 2 November 2012 / Accepted: 16 November 2012 / Published: 22 November 2012
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Spherical robotics is an emerging research field due to a ball’s characteristic to be holonomic, have a sealed internal environment, and rebound from collisions easily. As the research moves forward, individual groups have begun to develop unique methods of propulsion, each having distinctive
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Spherical robotics is an emerging research field due to a ball’s characteristic to be holonomic, have a sealed internal environment, and rebound from collisions easily. As the research moves forward, individual groups have begun to develop unique methods of propulsion, each having distinctive engineering trade-offs: weight is sacrificed for power; speed is forfeited for control accuracy, etc. Early spherical robots operated similar to a hamster ball and had a limited torque and a high-energy loss due to internal friction. Researchers have begun to develop various novel concepts to maneuver and control this family of robot. This article is an overview of the current research directions that various groups have taken, the nomenclature used in this subdiscipline, and the various uses of the fundamental principles of physics for propelling a spherical robot. Full article

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