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Holonomic Drive

Holonomic drive, in the realm of robotics, refers to the ability to move in all direction and rotate independently. For example, a tank, which has to rotate before it can move in a different direction, would not be holonomic. But the robots featured in this video, taken during the FIRST Robotics Championship in Atlanta, GA, are.

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i thought that holonomic drive is kiwi drive and doesn't kiwi drive only have 3 omni wheels. this robot has four, so how does it have holonomic drive?

Posted 8 years by Anonymous User

a kiwi drive is capable of movement in all directions and spinning in place, and this 4 wheeled version is also capable of movement in all directions and spinning in place. Therefore both designs are holonomic drives, and kiwi drives are only one kind of holonomic drive.

Kiwi drives are cheaper to make, since they require only 3 wheels and 3 motors, which is as few as you can get away with.

Posted 8 years by Anonymous User

Huh. Looks like mecanum drive to me. I origionally thought you were talking about something more like crab drive, except that instead of all the wheels being tied together, you could also perform a set-radius turn (like a car would on a turn in a road)

Posted 8 years by Anonymous User

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