Method and apparatus for controlled omnidirectional movement of payloads
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A payload platform includes a platform and a castor assembly coupled to the platform. The castor assembly includes a body, a first wheel coupled to the body, and a second wheel coupled to the body. The first wheel and the second wheel are individually actuatable. A sensor is coupled to the body. A control unit is operably coupled to the sensor and operably coupled to the first wheel and to the second wheel. The sensor detects an area surrounding the platform, determines presence of obstacles, and transmits a signal to the control unit corresponding to the area surrounding the platform. The control unit directs the first wheel and the second wheel to rotate in a prescribed manner so as to achieve a prescribed movement of the platform.
Junkins, John L.; Majji, Manoranjan; Davis, Jeremy; Doebbler, James (11/1). Method and apparatus for controlled omnidirectional movement of payloads. United States. Patent and Trademark Office; Texas A&M University. Libraries. Available electronically from