Acrobat is a small balancing robot made as part of MEAM 510: Mechatronics. It is design designed to be fully self-contained - no breadboards, hanging wires, or power supplies. This robot only touches the ground through two coaxially-mounted wheels and has a center of gravity that is one-half its wheel radius above the wheel axis.
My partner and I wanted to push the boundaries on the mechanical design by seeing just how small of a robot we could make that still met the design requirements. This was also a great opportunity for me to experiment designing a magnetically bound enclosure. This technique has come in handy in many other projects, such as REVO (the team of fighting battle robots on the next page!)
Collaborator: Alfredo Muniz