Not much to do with drones, but for those broadly interested in robotics, this is very impressive. As Kottke says, it "goes from sexy robot to terrifyingly fast insect death machine in about 45 seconds."
Aside from the two-way interface with position feedback, the torque and speed of the AX servos leave much to be desired compared to the latest generation HV servos.
John, yes, I have one of these servos, and it is INSANELY fast, smooth and accurate.
But I don't know if it has much power?
It would of course be amazing to build a Hexapod with a quad on it's back... It's just the weight penalty for carrying around the hexa portion would really reduce the flight time. Still, this would be really really fun to build.
I think it might work out better if you did something like make a bi-copter using two 450 Helicopter rotors. Much more efficient lifting, so it could probably fly much longer than you'd ever get with a quad.
These will be the ultimate low impact off road travel machines of the future, should be real exciting to see them progress in size!
One on kickstarter here> http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/projecthexapod/stompy-the-giant...
Here is a prototype that was running a few years ago built by John Deer I think
Does anybody recognize the transmitter in the video?
@Mark: no idea. looks custom / badass. I think that's an Xbee module on the front.
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