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Airtrax – Omni directional high tech wheels

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Remember those funky wheels on the cars in the movie “I, Robot”? Well it turns out they’re sort of real. Airtrax make a range of warehouse vehicles that use a unique, omni-directional wheel. Controlled via a joystick instead of a wheel-and-pedals, the Airtrax system is extremely manoeuvrable allowing the vehicles to move forwards/backwards, side-to-side or rotate within their own length. So far Airtrax have released a forklift called the Sidewinder, a scissor-lift called the Cobra and an omni-directional mobile platform called the MP2. There are videos of the vehicles in action on the site as well.

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The term Omni-Directional means “capable of moving in any direction”. that is exactly what Airtrax vehicles are designed to be. In fact, our vehicles are holonomic, which is to say that they can change direction instantaneously, without stopping, without changing the orientation of the wheels, and without moving in some undesired direction, prior to moving in the desired direction.

Tags: gadget, airtrax, omni+directional+vehicles, airtrax+cobra, airtrax+sidewinder

Dan Ferris is the Red Ferret’s Oceanic correspondent and Associate Editor based in Sydney, Australia. Despite not knowing Russell Crowe or Nicole Kidman, Dan has risen above adversity and now scours the world for interesting tidbits to write about. He spends far too much time photographing stuff and tinkering with computers.

Dan – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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