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12 servos for walking, 2 servos for cam sweep/pan

SpideyCAM is still a work in progress. He'll be remotely controlled via XBee radios from my laptop. I'm building the dashboard panel in Processing using a bunch of additional Processing libraries including OpenCV, ControlIO and ControlP5. This is my first experiment with this many servos. The Pololu Maestro software was invaluable for building the servo walking motion I've shown in the video. SpideyCAM still needs further work to get him to walk without falling over.

Here are some more pictures:

Some details of the various components:

-----UPDATE 2-6-2013-----

Added a video of SpideyCAM's first forward steps under his own power. Experimenting with timing between leg sweeps so that Spidey doesn't lose his balance.

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That's quite a setup - mean, black and complicated looking. Great pic at the end explaining everything... EVERYTHING including the Venti :-)

Walkers have so many servos they are quite confusing. At least with a hex you can "think tripod" to keep it balanced. I agree, the Maestro's are great controllers with acceleration control and all. Complicated as well but powerful. I have one on my LTBot and another I want to play with and learn more about sometime. I failed on building a walkable quad so far so I can't imagine adding even more servos.

Good luck, keep us posted and the most important thing keep the Venti full and progress moving forward!