Hi Zenta! Last summer I was all over the foot-sensor thing, and then got distracted by the idea of FK'ing the leg at startup so the bot could dis-entangle it's legs and rise gracefully. Then I got distracted by self-balancing two-wheel bots. While I'm waiting for the hardware for this to come in I'm thinking about adding a couple of servos to it so it can self-erect. And integrate the servos into a more predictive balancing paradigm - like a position-able pendulum.
When I saw the pictures of the foot sensor here I remembered I had forgotten to order the IR sensors (optical foot switch, not mechanical), so I dragged out what I had, ordered the sensors, and posted the picture.
My intention has always been to have the motion be terrain-adaptive, and to be able to use the feet to sense "around" and "forward" if I get odd sensor inputs. Just as we would do if we were blindfolded and on our hands and knees - we'd pretty much ignore "expected" sensor inputs, but start touching around with our hands if something unexpected happened.
This all means TONS of development work! And I have too many projects cooking.
So! First the self-balancer! Then back to the hexapod. And then on to the humanoids I just got a good price on...
I'm hoping to be done before the year 3,000...
You know that distractions is your worst enemy, you'll end up with nothing and only half-way solutions..
You should post more about your projects or make some vids.
Excellent project log! Really like the leg design as well as the remote controller, looks professional.
Keep up the good work.
I've not got time to do much robotics lately, but I did get time to make a second video of MX-Phoenix. I'm pretty satisfied with the result myself. Still need to make some better feet..
Wow, that is a great video. Creepy, but in a good way.
I agree with Hugh - that was a great video! It's inspiring to see closed-loop foot-sensors affecting the movement of the 'bot. Kudos!
I saw the video when Youtube - mentioned that you uploaded a new one
Your code is working great! Can not wait to see what it does next!
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