Hacked Bowling Ball Strikes
Former NASA engineer Mark Rober traveled all the way to London to partner with James Bruton for one of his latest projects. Simply put, it’s a bowling bowl that only gets strikes. It may look normal at first, but inside, you’ll find a weighted electronic mechanism that enables the bowler to steer it using simple body movements. Read more to see it in-action and for additional information.



The main principle is that they’ve got an axis on which the ball rolls in one direction and a pendulum that swings side to side for steering, just like his previous BB-8 robot. Hardware wise, there’s an MPu-6050 and an Adafruit BNO055 Breakout inertial measurement units to measure the ball’s specific force, angular rate, and orientation.

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What you should know about James aside from the fact that he’s a mechanical, electrical engineer genius is he used to be a toy designer,” said Rober.