As part of one of my uni assignments this semester, im trying to construct a 'starman' vehicle with my team. Basically we've come up with a whole heap of design ideas but nothing seems to be feasible, and i was wondering if you guys had any ideas/suggestions for this project
basically the project definition is as folows : Starman Vehicle
The Starman is a fancy looking flat creature with 5 links in a single plane, giving it the look
of a star fish. Each link is motorized an can be moved clockwise or counter-clockwise.
The robot has a very simple mechanical structure with max. 5 motors (one for each leg - or
some simple arrangement) plus one motor for weight shifting outside the plane, to enable
So basically it just has 5 legs and moves in a cartwheel type motion in a single plane, and with some sort of weight shift steering if possible.
Basically we have a limited budget (around about $250) and we cant seem to find any sort of feasible solution, we have been provided with whats known as an Eyebot JNR microcontroller, which i believe is based on a picaxe M40 or something (ill have to check on this when i get home) but basically the problem is the microcontroller only has 4 dedicated motor outputs, and only 2 servo outputs, but it also has a 10 pin digital output port as well. Essential we are stuck on
a) what sort of design to go for
b) how to link up the motors given the limited amount of ports
any suggestions would be much appreciated