Monday, July 30, 2007

Robotics Monday: Single-Motor Walker

Name of Model: quadWALKER
Created by: TooMuchCaffeine
Found at:
This 'bot is a pretty clever simplification of the "walker" format. Only one motor is used - a series of levers makes the rest of the motion work. The main advantage of this is that it frees up additional motors to be used for other tasks. Another interesting this about this walker is the way that the beams and motors make this something you could really only do with LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT - normally it's not too difficult to create an RCX-based version of an NXT 'bot or vice-versa, but this one would be nearly impossible to recreate with the older parts. For those of you who have a LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT kit and want directions, full building instructions are available. Of course, from there, you should come up with your own ideas for sensors and other motors, but this is a great starting point.

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