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Hexapod Robot

Hexapod Robot

HexWalker©: Terrain Adaptive - Omnidirectional Hexapod Walker

The purpose of this unnamed robot is to develop an adaptive terrain program for Prospero, my robotic farming robot. Currently, Prospero is using a walking program that I originally developed for Parallax's Basic Stamp2sx (BS2sx). That program allows Prospero to autonomously avoid obstacles and instantly change directions without turning its body. However, that program had to fit inside and use the limited variable space inside the BS2sx. On the other hand, Prospero uses Parallax's powerful Propeller chip that along with 64K of global RAM/ROM and 40 I/O pins has eight 32-bit processors that allow for true multi-processing. All of this gives me the ability to create a robot that is capable of dynamically adapting to its terrain and walk over radically uneven surfaces.

Project Description Document (pdf)

Platform: Parallax
Designer: Dave Dorhout
Awards: Honorable Mention 2010 MCU Challenge
Schematic: See Description Document
Photos: Project Photos (zip)
Code: Source Code (zip)

Design submittals are the intellectual property of the applicants and are not to be used for commercial purposes without written approval of the designer. To communicate with the designers or leave comments, see our MCU Challenge 2010 section in the SchmartBoard forum.


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