Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Maker Shed: Hexy the Hexipod

From the Maker shed: "Hexy the Hexapod from Arcbotics is a fully articulated hexapod robot kit. Hexy has six legs, 19 servo motors and is powered by Arduino. It makes complex robotics lest costly, easier to learn with the full tutorials and documentation, while being radically more fun (and cute!). At the same time its built with completely open source hardware and software, making discovery and extension as easy as building it in the first place.
Use it to learn advanced robotics concepts like inverse kinematics, or use pre-built code to have it march to your bidding. Build it using the high-quality video and picture filled tutorials, and its ready to walk, play and dance with pre-built demos. Adding moves is as easy as opening a text file and following the tutorials, and moves are easily share-able as simple text files".

"Features
  • Includes:
  • - Literally Everything needed to build the kit, even the screwdriver.
  • - Ultrasonic distance sensor eyes
  • - Acrylic laser-cut pieces in your choice of six colors, with extra pieces
  • - 20 Servos (18 for legs, 1 for eyes, 1 extra)
  • - Full arduino-based Servotor32 robot controller capable of controlling up to 32 Servos
  • - All the screws and nuts you need to assemble the kit, with extras
  • - Bluetooth module that plugs straight into the Servotor32 robot controller"

I quite like the idea of this kit, I could see myself spending ages making up all manner of robots, including maybe the elusive mono-rail that I have been fiddling with for five years, but at $250 I would want to compare it very closely to a large box of Lego technic first.

For full details go to http://www.makershed.com/Hexy_the_Hexipod_p/mkab1.htm?Click=37845

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