[Eric Gregory] has gone a bit mad scientist on the Chumby, turning it into a bipedal bot. We expected all kinds of cool chumby hacking, but we can’t say we saw this one coming. [Eric] points out that with a 454Mhz processor, 64MB of RAM, 2GB of expandable storage and a USB host port, the Chumby is more than capable as a robotics platform. With the addition of a mysterious and soon to be announced sensor board, he has made this chumby into a walking biped. While anyone who can write programs for linux, or even write flash applications can create software for the chumby, [Eric] chose to port the Robot Vision Toolkit over. This opens the doors to people who can write in Basic or who have written for the C64 or Apple][. You can see a video of this guy in action after the break.
[via bunnie’s blog]
14 thoughts on “Chumby Takes Its First Steps”
Skynet is adapting to basic human technologies.
We’re all doomed…
Cat’s reaction: “Meh, we already own you”
looks sort of tipsy… maybe increase sensor polling rate?
that might be an overall design issue. It think it seems a bit top heavy and the leg design are a limitation of the way it’s walking.
My Chumby just lays there.
Please people, move on..
-sounds like a personal problem…
that’s how robots with minimal servos walk. check it… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY9XRg7dx7I
Wow coding in C64 language, I may have to get one of these and mess around and bring some games back to life. Hard Hat Mac portable sounds about right.
This thing looks terrifying, actually. And yet the cat is just sitting there like nothing is going on..
i was also impressed by how calm the cat was
I like it!
I have a small collection of photos of my late cat Bart all taken with or from robots.
Impressive work with the Chumby!
Ooh a developer board that hasn’t been released yet… What a hack.
It looks like the bastard offspring of a Terminator and a Funzo.
ah man, I thought it was going to have that face like the bad robocop in robocop2. NOW that would kick ass! Added point for its sound effects. “Mowerrrroooo OOOOWWWwwwoorrererer”
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