Abstract: Beetlejuice is a beetle-shaped hybrid vehicle. It will be able to travel by either wheel or foot and navigate by either sonar or remote control.
Inspired by the Chiba Institute of Technology’s robot, the Halluc 2, I am building a roller/walker hexapod called Beetlejuice. The wheels, powered by continuous servos, flip up to bring rubber-tipped feet down on the floor. The legs will be powered by 333oz/in and 168 oz/in servos.
Beeltejuice will initially use an Atom Pro 28 controller for initial testing but will then be upgraded to an Axon microcontroller. It will include four sonar sensors for autonomous navigation but can also be controlled remotely via a PS2 controller. Beetlejuice will also include a series of multi-colored LED’s for a psychedelic effect.
I will begin fabrication this week, by laser cutting the plastic plates, and CNCing the shell for the back of the robot. I will be cutting the back from high density foam, which I will then lightly coat in epoxy resin. I will then take the epoxy painted foam shape and vacuum form over it with a plastic sheet. I am planning on a rapid fabrication time for this robot and will hopefully start programming a finished product within three weeks. Too optimistic? We shall see…
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