Norwegian engineer Kåre Halvorsen built MorpHex, his Robot Sphere in his spare time, with six retractable, expanding legs that let it dance when it’s not rolling.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuC6q9kbryw[/youtube]
Halvorsen is entering the robot in the BOCA Bearings 2012 Innovation Competition.
When asked about the project, Halvorsen said “MorpHex is mostly a work of art and goes in the category of hobby robotics. It’s a remotely operated robot. I believe it could be used in animatronics as a transforming robot as well. The main goal of this project was to make a hexapod robot that could transform into a sphere shape and back. In “sphere mode” the robot should be able to roll freely like a ball.”
You can find out more about MorpHex and vote for Kåre Halvorsen on the BOCA Bearings 2012 Innovation Competition website.