Bugbot is a Hexapod with 13 servos (12 leg plus one head).  It uses an iPaq (from a long time ago), communicating with a Pic processor.

4 Responses to BugBot

  1. Jonathan says:

    Just where is the facebook like link ?

  2. sam says:

    is there an instruction for building bugbot?

    • dshinsel says:

      It’s obsolete. I started with a plastic kit (years ago), added some aluminum to beef it up, and added an iPaq (remember those?) running WinCE that controlled everything through a PIC. The “eyes” are a small ultrasonic range finder, and “ears” are IR rangers (see my hardware page for more info on these sensors).

      If I was to start now, I’d look at http://www.lynxmotion.com. The biggest cost is the servos. Since there are so many on a Hexapod, it can get expensive.
      Also, it’s a tough balance between weight and battery life. Strong servos are critical for good results.

      I found hexapods not very practical, since they are relatively slow (compared to a wheeled robot), and much shorter battery life, but they are very fascinating and fun to show (although some people find them creepy).

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