Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Center of Gravity

Should it be higher for smooth walking motion? Or lower for stability?


A lower CG will tend to be more stable, but a higher CG will, in my opinion, give a nicer looking walk (less waddle). One of the projects I've been working on is a very small muscle wire powered biped. I was originally thinking of making a smaller version of MiniMechadon with a pair of AAA batteries mounted horizontally. I have since decided to mount the AAA's vertically and make it a humanoid (about 3" tall) to improve the walking characteristics.

That being said, if you're designing Knewt to compete in RoboOne-type competitions it would probably be better to have a lower CG to gain better inherent stability at the sacrifice of walking "style" and efficiency.

Later,

Mike

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