Monday, March 22, 2010

Student Builds Spider Bot From Spare Parts

This spider-like hexapod robot from electrical engineer Matt Bunting was made from spare parts and based on an Intel 160GHz Atom processor. It even has a webcam and is made for all terrain. Even if it loses a leg somehow, it can balance and move easily.

The webcam takes successive images, which are used to help it determine if it is moving forward, sideways, backward or tilting. By analyzing that visual feedback, the 14×17x8-inch robot “learns” how to most effectively achieve its forward-moving goal. Intel has ordered two of Matt’s spider robots, one of which they plan to take on the road, showing off potential applications etc. Video below.

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