Thursday, May 3, 2012

Get Ready to Kickstart Project Hexapod

Get Ready to Kickstart Project Hexapod: Meet Stompy. He’s a hexapod – a six-legged robot being built by a team of 15 students and three instructors at Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville, Massachusetts. And if the rendering above didn’t tip you off, Stompy holds two passengers, can walk over a car and takes up nearly two lanes of road...

Said legs are force controlled through hydraulics, with a computer running real-time Linux and manipulating 18 hydraulic actuators. “Think of it as six excavators tied together,” Cavalcanti said.

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