June 26, 2012

Build your own inexpensive Hexapod robot

 Next in our series on inexpensive robot projects is this Hexapod from Mad Science. Using only a few paddle pop sticks, fishing line, pipe cleaners, a servo, Arduino board and wiring they have created a Hexapod robot that really walks. Although it sounds like a third-grade project, it really does work and shows you don't have to spend a lot of money to have fun in the process. Here it is in action:

Once again it just goes to show what you can do with an Arduino board and some imagination. To keep the cost and size down, consider using one of our Freetronics LeoStick boards for your hexapod. As well as being one of the smallest Arduino-compatibles on the market, it has onboard USB, a piezo for making Hexapod sounds and an RGB LED for further effects:

So to get started with your own Hexapod, read the instructions, Arduino code and demonstrations on this site

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