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."
These kids are very lucky to have such a cool dad!
Here's some inspiration for a low cost Hexapod using cheap hobby king servos.http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?4102-Low-Cost-Hexapod
That is very very cool, man they have come a long quite nicely!
that is very impressive. $1200 is steep for hobby use but like everything else the prices will likely come down.
It's open source + arduino as well so easy to work with!
I love that these kids will grow up with robots being a normal part of life, I'll bet they'll be riding hexapods to school before too long. I want to drive one to the grocery store tomorrow!
One of my hobby within a hobby things is collecting and testing servos. I recently got one of these and it is EXTREMELY impressive. It is incredibly strong, and fairly decent speed too. I bet you could make a pretty good and cheap Hexapod with these things.
Randy; our hobby easily costs more than $1200 for a good hexacopter setup and remote control so it's comparable...
mind you, I'd love one of these robots... maybe when I get the job situation sorted I'll buy one :-D hehehehe
I saw this video a couple weeks ago and had to fight the need to attach one someone to the bottom of my Quadcopter. somehow. Talk about an awesome FPV experience. Walk, run, take off, fly, land, walk, repeat. (In robot voice I say) Need money to achieve robotic insect....
Dang.. Time to start looking at hexpod's again. My experience 3-4 years ago was halted by the price of strong and fast high quality servos (you need 18 of them). And you really need good servos to get fast and smooth movements like in this video.
The new generation of servos like the Turnigy HV has definitively lowered the bar for high performance hexapod's.
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