An alternative approach to the beacon navigation idea:
Imagine the robots as photophobes with light sensors pointing downwards (e.g. one in the front and one in the back). A gradient on the floor will guide them to the center and keep them from escaping, making an arena fence unnecessary.
We are giving Sketchup a try, as it is free and will work on Mey’s OSX and my Lunix (via wine and some tweaking).
We called one of the robot models/alternatives in process of development “Moonwalker III”, as it will use bristles on its legs to slide like Michael’s famous movement.
This is an animation of the basic
model with Sketchyphysics simulation:
Some alternatives for the first bristles walking robot aka Moonwalker.
David made a
very cool mechanic prototype of the stacking crab concept:
It can walk sideways and lift itself up to make room for the next robot. Will probably need three motors: two for being able to steer, and one for lifting.
For this alternative we need a mechanical system that allows the robot to move forward, steer and turn if upside down.
This weekend, I am in Zurich for
Robots on Tour. Had a short first glance at the exhibition this evening, am looking forward to the opening tomorrow!
A walker with bristle feet
A wheg robot