Archive for September, 2013

Laser Hexapod?!

Friday, September 6th, 2013

laserhexapod

User Plasma We’s has some fun mod’s to the PhantomX Hexapod – each leg gets a laser and the main chassis gets two super bright RGB LEDs. Just add music and this crawler is a one-bot dance party!

Check out
Plasma We’s youtube Channel for more laser hexapod goodness.

The PhantomX Hexapod is ‘Insanely Futuristic’

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

hexapod

The folks over at io9 recently put the PhantomX Hexapod on their 10 Real Technologies That Look Insanely Futuristic list. Everything on their list is a real, working product or prototype, and there are some awesome projects included. We’re humbled that io9 saw fit to include us on the list.

Stay tuned, we’ve got some new code for the MK-II hexapods in the pipeline and we’ll have some new video to show off.

5 Legged Hexapod Learns to Walk Again

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

hexapod damaged

IEEE Spectrum has a great article on researchers with ISIR, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris running experiments with out PhantomX Hexapod.

In these experiments the researchers are examining algorithms for robots to ‘recover’ from damage. In this case, they shortned a leg of the hexapod, and use a T-Resilience Algorithm to calculate a new walking pattern/gait.

Their initial gait was able to acheive a top speed of 26cm/s. When they shortened one leg to half it’s original length, the performance dropped to 8cm/s. At this point the robot begins to calculate a new gait. It runs 40 simulations, then trys the best of these simulations in real life. The hexapod will run this experiment 25 times to determine the best new gait. In only 20 minutes the hexapod is able to use a new gait that gets 18cm/s – three times the performance of the original gait under damaged conditions!

Now this is no normal PhantomX Hexapod. This model has a custom chassis, an IR camera, MX-28s, an on on-board computer, and a custom built ‘damaged’ leg.

Researchers Sylvain Koos, Antoine Cully and Jean-Baptiste Mouret have done a great job with this experiement as well as documenting it. More information about the paper can be found here and here. A PDF of the paper can be found here.