PhantomX Hexapod robotics kit

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.

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Matt Scott

Matt Scott is an experienced gamer, zombie survivalist, and lover of all things robot. He firmly believes that games are one of the ultimate ways to bring people together to learn, teach, and grow. You can follow him on Twitter

1 Comment

  1. flezzz - 09/07/2013

    hi i’m rafles from Indonesia

    what kind of sensor did u use for this hexapod,,is that just a gyro sensor??

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