Jittering hexapod dances to the strokes of your Bluetooth keyboard

Here’s a small but functional hexapod that is controlled via Bluetooth. [Sigfpe] started with the hexapod kit sold by Polulu and added a BlueSMiRF modem to get the little guy’s communications up and running. But since the bot is merely three servos, a microcontroller board, sensors, and miscellaneous parts it’s an easy build for most electronic hobbyists.

Check out the video after the break to see the delightful dance it can perform at your bidding. When we first looked at the project we thought that the keyboard was directly paired with the bot for control, but a look at the code makes us think the computer is controlling it after processing keystrokes. Either way the BlueSMiRF should have no problem pairing with other Bluetooth devices so it’s just a matter of coding to get it taking commands from your device of choice. We’d love to see Android control but for the really hard-core code monkeys we think this should be voice controlled with a Bluetooth headset.

Comments

  1. florinzgtrst says:

    It would be way cooler to be controlled just by the keyboard.

  2. amishx64 says:

    It would be way cooler if the bot typed on the keyboard.

  3. TheMadTechnologist says:

    QWOP Much?

  4. Amtal says:

    Sigfpe’s blog is a treasure trove, that hexapod is a toy compared to most of the stuff there.

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