We've always been interested and intrigued by the potential of hexapod robots, but didn't feel the “Oh Wow! I've really got to have one of these”… until now.
Andrew Alter at Trossen Robotics is working on a new hexapod design, the PhantomX, that uses Robotis AX-18F Dynamixel servos and the Vanadium Labs ArbotiX Robocontroller. This little puppy is lightning fast, and surprisingly sleek. With this level of speed, manuverability, and flexibility, we can easily imagine a new RoboGames XXtreme Obstacle Course competition.
The new kit release schedule isn't available yet, but according to Andrew it will be “… in the very near future.” We can hardly wait.
Of all the competitions at RoboGames 2010, the most exciting and most promising event had to be Mech Warfare. We caught up with Andrew Alter, the primary organizer and guiding spirit behind the event, and asked him to explain what it's all about.
’RoboGames: Andrew Alter on Mech Warfare (Video)’ continues
It’s really too bad that we can’t be in two (or three or four) places at once. We really wanted to see Giger, the 9 pound, 2 foot tall humanoid robot with 24 degrees of freedom in action at iHobby. Giger uses 16 of the Dynamixel RX-64 servos plus another 8 RX-28 servos, and it takes two 1900 mAh LiPo batteries to keep this humongous biped moving, and move he does.
With a little fine tuning, and battle experience, Giger could be ready to enter the fray over here for one of the ROBO-ONE competitions next year.
We’re finally catching up with the stack of books and magazines in the queue. We picked up the current issue of Robot Magazine and were totally jazzed to discover Andrew Alter’s excellent article on the new Mech Warfare robot competition that will debut at RoboGames 2009 in just a few months. This is going to be really hot!