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 – New Controller Board

So today has been exceptional! I’ve made loads of progress with thanks to the arrival of my new components. As was stated previously, there were way too many losses in the gate shift registers using the 4x 1k resistor arrays. Therefore, I needed to replace the arrays for 1k resistors to the gate (maximum output […]

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 […]

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 […]

SwarmBots – The intro

Robots! Who doesn’t like robots… I’ve never to day done any projects in robots now while I find them cool, the reasoning for which is they’re generally pretty expensive. Therefore, I’ve decided to try and design the smallest most functional micro robot that I can. One of my main aims was to be able to […]

Update 31-3-15

Well! Its been a long time since my last blog post. Its been a pretty hectic year so far with work and general life. I need to start training for the various Bladesoc marathons that we have planned (Le Mans and Preston!) so I’ve not had much blog time to do general electronics! So where […]

PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR THE PHOBASS V!

Yes! Today, the big moment arrived any my sexy ass piece of Phobass (MDF) arrived! I’ve never dabbled in 3d design in my life but with the help of a willing manufacturer and a bit of time to learn how to use Inkscape, I managed to do a full design for a fairly good price! […]

Phobass V Neck overlay

Having completely changed the method on which the Phobass neck works, I’m delighted to say that I can now use a dedicated overlay and using Zip Posters (http://goo.gl/eoC6w), I’ve got a really simple design manufactured! Only a simple design, printed on sticky back vinyl. Thank you zip posters for your really fast service! According to […]

Phobass V!

Finally, after a fair few months, big things are happening in the Phobass department! I’ve had a bit of a break from the development as the smart watch had taken my interest but things have recently swapped. I’ve completely redesigned the neck, made a new, sleeker menu PCB, along with modifying the motherboard to include […]