Adam began experimenting with ideas on how you could do this and ran into the first big problem. Torque.

In order for the system to be able to pull focus AND move the significantly higher loads expected from a camera robot, you need to be able to change the gear ratio to give you more torque when you need it. Just like a gearbox in a car. All other systems get around this problem by using different motor gearbox combinations for each axis and making the whole assembly replaceable OR using really large motors.

Making different motors / gearbox combinations for each task made the whole concept of a universal motor not work, and sizing the motor to make it do everything would have made it very large and heavy.

The teams solution was simpler, use the same motor and basic gearbox for every task and make an intermediate gear stage that was changeable.

The motion pancake was born....

After an initial period of experimentation and calculation, it seemed like this would work for a universal system. It was time to get serious with the engineering design of what was to become axiiio,

In order for the project to take shape, it needed some design and engineering goals. To define these the team looked to the market. What was wanted it seemed, was something that was lightweight, portable and simple to use. It needed to be able to run off batteries and have as few components as possible. They quickly came up with a short list of goals that the design needed to achieve.