In cooperation three Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany have developed a TOF Laserscanner that is using MEMS Micromirror technoloy. The device has 22 mirrors and allows for measurements of up to 30 meters. With a scanning speed of 1.6 KHz it will be possible to scan moving objects.
Researchers at ETH Zurich, Switzerland have developed “Cubli” a 15 × 15 × 15 cm cube that can jump up and balance on its corner. Reaction wheels mounted on three faces of the cube rotate at high angular velocities and then brake suddenly, causing the Cubli to jump up. Once the Cubli has almost reached the corner stand up position, controlled motor torques are applied to make it balance on its corner. In addition to balancing, the motor torques can also be used to achieve a controlled fall such that the Cubli can be commanded to fall in any arbitrary direction. Combining these three abilities — jumping up, balancing, and controlled falling — the Cubli is able to ‘walk’.