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It 's a bit of time I wanted to build a robot with legs. In particular I was fascinated by the possibility to create a fluid movement in the robot, close to nature. Well, I discovered that it is not easy. The walk, which to us seems a simple thing, is very complex to make for a robot. Even more difficult if you want to make a the robot with only 2 motors for each leg. I have to thank Oddbot for his quadrapod that inspired the walk of my robot dog (link). I also wanted a robot that interacts. Almost all quadrapods / hexapods you see just walking around. At best, they have an ultrasonic sensor to avoid obstacles. In fact, walking is often the goal in these kind of little robots. But for me it was not enough, so I tried to do something more. Once built the chassis and installed the legs, I thought that it would be nice also to make a head and a tail. The head is made with a compound eye, and a pan & tiltmovement that I had already used for the robot diffident (link). I disassembled and reused it. The tail is just a servo motor with a sheet of paper wrapped around itself.

 

For more details, pics, code, video:

http://robottini.altervista.org/cane-my-dog-quadrapod-robot

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JoeBTheKing's picture

I think I will know have to play with a legged robot now.  Very nice job.

Korel's picture

Very nice bot,it looks real. Thanks for sharing.

crush1993's picture

it's really amazing

tail and head are very cool

it would be cool if you add some doggy sounds to it

ignoblegnome's picture

Very cute! Nice work.

 

Ro-Bot-X's picture

Wow! So cool! I'm working on a quad right now, this is inspirational!

OddBot's picture

That's really great! You've inspired me.

I haven't had time to put the pan/tilt setup on a QuadBot. I'll have to build one for my son Shi Sen.

It seems a bit strange that when he looks about He seems to look from top left to bottom right. If you look at the latest code I posted for Mr. General you might find the new tracking code is faster and more responsive.

alegiaco's picture

I see your new Mr.general code. Thanks!