July 31, 2013

Build your own LEGO quadruped robot with Arduino

If you have access to lots of LEGO Technics pieces, eight servos, some XBee gear and Arduino-related parts then you're on your way to making a fantastic remote-control quadruped robot as documented by ScitechWA on Instructables. The robot is quite a feat, with realistic crawling and movement, all controlled with a relatively simple remote-control link using XBee wireless modules. Even though it sounds complex, the final product is quite compact. Watch the following video for a quick run-through of the robot and the operation:

That's a fantastic example of what can be done with an Arduino and the right construction parts. And with a little work almost anyone can do it, so for the instructions and links to the required sketches, check out the Instructable. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

 If you're looking into starting with Arduino and robotics, such as controlling a stepper motor (or DC motors) from your Arduino or compatible, check out our new HBRIDGE: DC/stepper motor shield. Based around the powerful Allegro A4954 H-bridge driver IC you can control two DC motors with complete ease, or one bipolar stepper motor. With connections for external power management, a complete beginners' guide and documentation - motor control couldn't be any easier. For more information and to order, visit the HBRIDGE: page


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