So. This exists. It’s a Trossen Robotics hexapod robotics kit. They’re not the cheapest things out there but that doesn’t mean they’re not cool as hell and that I want one. This personal blog site by Kåre Halvorsen talks about the project.
Since I was a little boy I’ve always been fascinated by robots, all kind of robots: biped’s, crawlers (quad,hexa- and octopods), robot arms, rovers and so on. But I started to get more serious about hobby robotics in 2006 when I tried building my first hexapod,
A bit more searching uncovered my answers to questions I had about the code running the system. From what I can gather, the Phoenix stuff is the actual code the runs the hexapod. This version just seems to be really good at controlling all the different components. There’s a community of people into these robotics and they all buy the kits, modify servos, gyros, sensors – all the roboty goodness – and then give it a “soul” of code to make it do what they want. Some modifications include using Playstation 2 controllers to control the hexapod and sensors to indicate when it’s flipped over. It’s all fantastic stuff and gives a peek into the world of robotics. I highly recommend the other videos on Kåre’s youtube channel. The terrain walking and ball rolling one are fantastic!
Unfortunately, the hexapod is about $2000, which means I’ll be getting it about the same time I get my Tentsile zombie tent. Maybe I’ll put a camera on the hexapod and send it out on recon missions as I hide above the ground in my tent.
Posted by Matt Scott