ArduSpider entertains children and exercises pets

There are so many good things about [Jose Julio's] robotic spider. It’s design is dainty yet robust, and the behaviors encoded in the firmware are nothing short of spectacular.

The body is built from a piece of balsa wood in between sheets of carbon fiber. The legs are carbon rods, using two servo motors for left and right leg movement, and a third servo which can move the intermediary legs like the roll axis of a plane. An IR sensor rides on the front for obstacle avoidance, with system control courtesy of an Arduino. For more hardware info check out his build log.

Don’t miss the video after the break. You’ll see that the little bot can be manually controlled, or allowed to roam free. As we said before, the behavior is fantastic. Not only has [Jose] programmed interesting characteristics like the spider getting tired and sitting down for a while, but when it is awakened it leaps into the air. The movements are fun to watch for human and feline alike; if only your house cat could be so lucky.

[Via Engadget]

21 thoughts on “ArduSpider entertains children and exercises pets

  1. I’d love to see his take on a true hexapod (independently controlled legs)or even for the bot to live up to its name, and octapod version.

  2. Wow indeed!

    I’m floored at how much mobility and…and…expression it has!

    Really great one there. Well done sir.

  3. This reminds me alot of the tiptoes robot an aussie friend by the name of ‘RifRaf’ was working on in #robotics on the Freenode irc network.

    check out the videos

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