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Offline bensTopic starter

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Build your own simple, tiny hexapod walker
« on: January 16, 2010, 12:43:31 AM »
Hey all.  Paul at Pololu wrote up a guide on how to make a simple hexapod walker using three sub-micro servos, two digital distance sensors, a programmable Micro Maestro servo controller as the brains, and a lot of hot glue.  There is a video at the top of the page that shows the result.  I don't know if this is the right forum to post this in, but I wanted to share since I know there are quite a few enthusiasts here who might be interested in a project like this.

Happy robot building!

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Re: Build your own simple, tiny hexapod walker
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2010, 07:42:45 AM »
Wow, ok, I'm getting one, just so i can keep it on my desk at work.

Ben, thanks for feeding my robot building impulse. :-)

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Re: Build your own simple, tiny hexapod walker
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2010, 05:29:27 PM »
This would make a great little desk-walker/conversation piece, and it could even tap out rhythmic beats for you and your coworkers.  We'd love to hear how it turns out if you build one.

Paul has made a post on the pololu forum about the project:

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With the release of the Micro Maestro USB Servo Controller, I wanted to move up to a servo-based design, but keep the number of servos to a minimum. My goal was to design a hexapod that could be built in an afternoon without any special tools beyond what I usually use for electronics, and to demonstrate how the Maestro's scripting capabilities could be used to sequence motion for an interesting, autonomous, walking robot.


By the way, here's a picture of the finished product (it's about 2 inches high):



- Ben

 


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