Basic Analog HeXapod
Click on the image below for the prototype video:
Completely Autonomous – no tether connecting it to an outside power source or computer
Object Avoidance – can sense obstacles in its environment and maneuver around them turning left, right, or even an optional reverse ability. This is a real robot – not a wind-up toy.
Optional IR Sensing – this ability is available if you want to replace the tactile sensors in the tutorial. I’ll show you how do it simply.
Limited Terrain Ability – or whatever you call it when a bot is able to step over stuff and operate in something other than a smooth as glass environment. It can’t climb a stair case (although if you make a larger model I don’t see why it can’t) but it can step over and through some bumps in its path.
Durability – no duct tape or glue here. Project is built using standard #4, and #6 hardware.
Walking – that’s right ladies, no wheels. This is the way the science fiction writers of old imagined the future of robots would be. No sliding of legs back and forth here. We’re talking picking those feets up off the ground and stepping out kind of walking.
Cheap – (as in inexpensive) I hope to keep the cost of assembly down to under $60. Other 3 motor hexapods will cost you $150 and even more. (seriously, – take a look around the web) And not only that, they don’t walk as nice as the BAHX bot you’re gonna build.
PCB – (but not necessary) I got away from the free-formed soldering of components and was able to organize everything including the motor drivers in a nice compact PCB.
Alternate power source option – in other words, you can add a separate power source for your goliath- sized motors in case you wanna build a 6 foot model (while powering your circuit with no more than 6V as required to prevent smoke)