Saturday, March 15, 2008

Biomimetic Insect Robot with Uncanny Movements

Biomimicry ("bios" - meaning life and "mimesis" - meaning to imitate) may be relatively new to robotics, but has a long tradition in automata. Still, I cannot recall seeing an automaton succeed in imitating biological motion to this degree.

This six-legged robot is uncanny in its motions. I find it both beautiful and spooky (as when I am startled by the first-sight of an insect).

This project, by creator Kare Halvorsen, is called "Phoenix". He has achieved an amazingly lifelike motion using hobby servos and an off-the-shelf servo controller. Here is a video clip of the Phoenix in action:

Let's all hope Kare continues to use his technical prowess for good and not evil.

Visit the Trossen forum to learn more about the Phoenix robot. This gem comes to us by way of the MAKE blog.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

AWESOME... kinda reminds me of the gas nozzle spider from those car commercials....

March 16, 2008 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I have staretd the development of arduino based Quadruped robot for my college project.I initially started with the purchase of hardware like servo brackets,robot leg
and i purchased it at a very cheap cost compared to others.I purchaesd robot parts form
.I also bought the quadruped robot chasis for the same website .Its awesum and my full assembled robot is complete
and it looks perfect.Now i want to start with the programming of the same robot using arduino.I want to know which dimensional measurements of the robot to feed to the IK program
and if u can tell me according to your program which parameters i need to measure as per my chassis.If u show it in pictorial format i will be gratefu to u.


December 11, 2013 at 12:32 AM  

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