I spent the last few days building omniwheels… although hopefully this is a part we can just use off the shelf its still nice to make your own for a scale prototype.
Much better than the ones they replaced, with a lot better grip too. O-rings seemed like a good idea, but they’re not high friction so not a great choice.
One thing is clear though, the amount of moving parts for all of them might make them noisy… and unreliable.
So it got me thinking about whether there is a better way and I might have found one. I’m not going to give away my secrets but if it works then we might have a silent omniwheel with just THREE parts… this could be pretty useful for the future but of course the question is ‘will it work’…. well, I’ll find that out, apply for my patent and you’ll see 🙂