So, Segway's selling some new robot platform, which I'm sure will get press far beyond its merit, but who cares about that. The interesting part is the crazy wheels it uses: I hadn't heard of Mecanum wheels before, but they are nifty. This video of an electric wheelchair shows how it works pretty clearly: if all four wheels are turning in the same direction, it does the obvious thing. But if the wheels on one side are turning toward each other, and the wheels on the other side are turning away from each other, it moves sideways! The controller is neat, too: it looks to be a joystick that rotates.
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