September 5, 2010
So I started my new job just recently and I was asked to building a jumping robot as a display. (Not a bad first task if you ask me.)
I'm looking for ideas on jumping mechanisms. I've thought about spring loading, linear actuators, solenoids, etc.
My personal main mechanism I am looking into is similar to an electric airsoft guns mechanism. To explain I give you a Youtube video that should just be a gif. Turn that to be vertical, send the spring pressure into the ground, and we possible have take off.
I'm just hesitant to move forward as I'm worried about gear ratios and motor strength to compressing a large enough spring that will propel the bot. I'm looking for any other ideas on how to do this easily.
The bot be as small as possible, <2lbs I hope. I have a decent budget, but cheap options are best as always. (Just because I have a job, I'm still a broke college student at heart.)
So lets hear it!