SOHO security with mini self-balancing robots

Albert KO*, H. Y.K. LAU, T. L. LAU

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose - To present the design and control of a low cost, two-wheeled, self-balancing robot for detecting and reporting fire and intruders in a small home/office setting. Design/methodology/approach - Implement an intelligent control system to make up for instabilities of low-cost components. Findings - Biologically inspired suppression system can effectively eliminate undesired sensor noises. Research limitations/implications - Improving self-balancing robots' tolerant to impulsive forces from the sides allows them to be designed with smaller front-prints. Practical implications - Inherited high maneuverability together with miniature design enables self-balancing robots to navigate smoothly through tight space. Originality/value - Demonstrates the control of a dynamically unstable system can be controlled using a simple suppression mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-498
Number of pages7
JournalIndustrial Robot
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Domestic safety
  • Robotics


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