Getting Started with this simple hexapod robot
This is [patrickmccabe]’s first robot with legs. It is a very simple hexapod robot with only 5 servos for the legs. It uses a sharp sensor to detect objects. When the robot runs into something, it first turns right and makes a reading, then it turns left and makes a reading. Check out the video for performance. Try to pay attention to its movements, it’s real beauty.
original post: http://letsmakerobots.com/node/13357
How to make the legs
He has a desktop band saw which he used to cut out all the parts for this robot. He also used lexan for the leg.
This simple hexapod robot makes a 360 spin which it takes as 9 point turns. At each point it takes a reading. It compares all the readings and decides which way is best. In the video it demonstrates this with a small gap for the robot to go through. The robot basically is making a simple map, very simple, and finding the biggest hole to go through.