At NAB Show 2018, GimbalGuru announced the new Guru 360 Rover, a remote-controlled dolly for 360 and non-360 cameras up to 9 kg (20 lbs), that moves in any direction instantly (even laterally) as if by magic, thanks to its mecanum wheels. UPDATE: Check out a video of the Guru 360 Rover in action (thanks to Kevin Kunze)!
There are several dollies in the market but they all use conventional wheels. Among other things, this means they cannot instantly move in an arbitrary direction. For example, if a 4-wheeled dolly needs to move left, it has to first turn into that direction.
Guru 360 Rover, by contrast is a truly omnidirectional dolly that can instantly move in any direction, even perpendicular to its wheels, thanks to its mecanum wheels.
I don’t have a video that I can share of the Guru 360 Rover in action, but GimbalGuru showed me a video of some tests they made and it looks magical! Here is a video by Kevin Kunze, showing the Guru 360 Rover in action:
Meanwhile, here’s another video of a robot equipped with mecanum wheels:
Similarly, the Guru 360 Rover’s omnidirectional wheels allow precise movement, without the need for tracks. Another benefit is that the nadir profile is constant. With conventional wheels, the wheels will turn left and right whereas with the 360 Rover, the wheels always present the same profile in the nadir of a 360 video.
– Dimensions: 35.9 x 31.4x 11.4 cm
– Weight (with batteries): 14.8lbs / 6.7kg.
– Maximum payload weight: 20lbs / 9kg.
– Maximum Speed 0.65m/s.
– Maximum Rotation Speed 140 degrees/s.
– Battery life: running time 10 hours or 30 hours on standby.
Guru 360 Rover is available for preorder from GimbalGuru for $5,999. I will try to get a video soon, including a sample 360 video made with the Guru 360 Rover.