Ever wish you could spend some time learning at the feet of a black belt robotics sensei? Thanks to SYSTM on Revision3, you can do just that. Following RoboGames 2008, Patrick Norton interviewed David Calkins, the event founder and well known expert on robotics, for just over 40 minutes (Video below).
David covers the background of humanoid robotics, why you want to start with a kit rather than building your own from scratch, how gyros and other sensors are used, and a step-by-step walk-through of motion creation. The robots used for the session were Hitec Robonova-1 bipeds, but the basic principles covered apply to all humanoids.
As a special added bonus, David introduces the plans for a full-on MechWars robot competition and shows one of the initial prototypes. He also pulls the wraps off a special Hitec sponsored educational program where qualified schools and universities can purchase ready to walk (RTW) Robonova-1 robots for as low as USD$500 each.
Note: Be sure to watch all the way to the end. The bloopers at the end are hilarious.
Did we mention that David gives buku props to Matt Bauer numerous times during the program? Way to go Matt!(more…)