Development of a single-wheeled inverted pendulum robot capable of climbing stairs

A. A. Wardana, T. Takaki, M. Jiang, I. Ishii

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In this paper, we propose the design of a single-wheeled robot capable of climbing stairs. The robot is equipped with the proposed climbing mechanism, which enables it to climb stairs. The mechanism has an extremely simple structure, comprised of a parallel arm, belt, harmonic drive, and pulley. The proposed climbing mechanism has the advantage of not requiring an additional actuator because it can be driven by using a single actuator that drives the wheel. The robot is equipped with a control moment gyroscope to control the stability in a lateral direction. Experimental results demonstrate that the robot can climb stairs with a riser height of 12–13 cm and a tread depth of 39 cm at an approximate rate of 2 to 3 s for each step.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)674-688
Number of pages15
JournalAdvanced Robotics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Stair-climbing robot
  • differential mechanism
  • inverted pendulum robot
  • single-wheeled robot


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