This isn’t really a science experiment, but hey, who’s keeping track of that? This is more of a technology sketch (my favorite new phrase) and a challenge to see if one (meaning “I”) can program a simple bi-ped robot to walk using common items such as Popsicle sticks, hot glue, servos and Arduino. The short answer is “yes, but not so good…”. I’m including some videos of various stages of progress.
Here is a picture of the robot (click to view larger image). Notice that the materials are just a bunch of servos, some mini popsicle sticks, hot glue and the ‘chest’ and feet are made from IKEA plastic covers that I seemed to have a pile of for some reason.
Here is the first video:
Here is the second video:
Update: I haven’t worked on this in a while. The Arduino code I was writing for this was very customized for this particular robot… not really usable for any other platform. While I may continue on this project, I’m thinking there might be a smarter way to standardize the code so that if the design changes, I can change a few constants/variables and then the code would work on a variation of this robot. All TBD.