Anthrophex – Update 8-10-17

Its been a ton of time since I last did any updates on the ol’ human sized hexapod! I finally decided to go for dedicated motor controller ICs (Allegro A4950) as opposed to a discrete solution. These chips were pretty expensive (~£27 for the entire board…) driven by an STM32F030 once again generating software PWM. […]

Anthrophex: Part 1 – The design

Half man, half (ant, beetle, grasshopper, cockroach…), the ultimate dream of creepy sci-fi locomotion. I’m sat here with a 6 legged centaur like image in my head, somewhat like the Scorpion King from The Mummy (exceptional 1999 CGI). Probably about the strangest intro to a post I’ve ever written but hey! It’ll do. This is […]

The H Trike – Part 4

Sadly, my summer is coming to its end so I’ve been taking my trikes out for as many drives as possible to get the last few miles out before I return to Nottingham. I’ve decided to take a video of me driving around my estate – for your pleasure, of course! Yeh, I look like […]

The H Trike – Part 3

Drives galore! I’ve had quite a few drives round my estate both on and off road – super legal… of course, all private land… yada yada yada. I’ve done a small video showing parts of the trike and my gran filmed me driving around in the bottom of our close.   Battery life and performance […]

The H Trike – Part 2

Having completed the frame, I need to design a handheld controller, suitable for controlling the trike. I’ve decided to use an Xbox style joystick as these are easily available and the Adafruit Eagle library already had them, saving me redesigning the package! I intend to make myself a dual motor controller on a single board […]

The H Trike – Part 1

Summer is here… or it has been for the last few weeks, I however haven’t been free as I’ve been working for the university. Now that I do have time however, I’ve decided to take upon myself a new electric vehicle – that is actually usable compared to my skates. I’ve made lots of trike […]

Swarmbots – Initial build and testing

Today, my Swarmbot PCBs arrived! I’ve put one of the robots together to get a feel for where everything would go and what it would look like so its not too pretty but it seems to be functional and I’ve got the robot working autonomously in obstacle avoidance mode using the front IR sensor. Build […]