[Zenta] has been building his MorpHex rolling hexapod for nearly a year now, and good things come to those who wait. After a ton of development and fabrication, [Zenta] finally has his mechanical jellyfish robot rolling and walking around.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen [Zenta]‘s MorpHex robot in action. A year ago, we saw the beginnings of the project with that included 25 servos mounted on a custom chassis. Last winter, the top hemisphere of the MorpHex was added, but rolling locomotion was still on the drawing board. A lot has changed since then, and now [Zenta]’s robot can roll or walk across the floor.
From the video (available after the break), we see that [Zenta] kept the one degree of freedom for the panels on the upper cylinder. He’s thinking about making the MorpHex more symmetrical; just copying the plans for the bottom hemisphere onto the top, for instance. This plan would allow the MorpHex to roll in a straight line, so we can’t wait to see what [Zenta] cooks up next.
43 thoughts on “Sphere Morphing Hexabot Now Rolls Around”
I thought to somthing like this for my first exapod! You are a king! Voted!
Why they call these ones hexapods? They dance?
Siiiick. You’ve got my vote.
I hope this project beats that stupid steampunk house.
i STILL want one!
3d printer.. need 3d printer
Wow, the rolling around seem so fluid, it reminds me of animals frolicking around, much like chimps mirkats, racoons, etc. Bravo!
Awsome!! totally kick ass!
That is pure genius!
It’s almost like it’s a bug of sorts.
Am I the only one who thinks of Samus when it morphs to a ball and starts rolling around?
Was excellent when it was first featured on HaD, still excellent and becoming more epic with every iteration.
This is the definition of POLISHED, i.e., SLICK! Great bot ;-)
Need to see this diguised as a kids toy in some spy movie :-) You’d think it was cgi LOL
Like Dr. Nefario’s Cookie robots used by Gru in Despicable Me?
Amazing! Great job!
This build is EPIC. Love the smooth fluid motions, GREAT JOB!!!!!
‘Gotta be the finest piece of amateur engineering I’ve ever seen!
Note that their video ends at 4:20. A coincidence?
I’m finding the link and voten for ’em!
Oops! The link resides below the video on YouTube, not here. They are in some international design competition and request our votes. I’m goin back to YouTube and findin that link wright now!
Amazing,but how would it work outside? You know, dirt, uneven surfaces, I think NASA is looking for a new Mars Rover, or at least something to freak toddlers out.
Actually, SpaceX is looking for robot concepts for Mars missions!
Turn this idea into $$$$$$$
I’ve not tried it outside yet, I do plan to though. I don’t think it would work very well on rough terrain. Another method for rolling would be better, more like a caterpillar motion maybe? When it comes to dirt the internal electronics is way to vulnerable for that. But with a completely different budget who knows.. ;)
This thing looks like a ton of fun. I can see this thing getting simplified and getting mass marketed by a company like WowWee.
Quite an awesome robot! The servo movements seem to be very fluid, it’s all quite impressive :]
Thanks for your nice words and votes! That means a lot to me! I’ll do my best to make the next version even better.
This is stunning, Zenta. You’ve got my vote!
Incredibly well done. I just voted for you.
i fucking love this thing, i want it so bad
Amazing… and it’s shielded ;3 i for one welcome our robot overlords.
now.. build a 10 meter tall one to take over the world!.. with lasers.. and spiky things..
This will be even more amazing once it is weaponized
I’m betting that this will make it in to the next Portal/Half-Life game.
I want to eat it, its so realistic it reminds me of a crab.
It’s awesome. Maybe, if it was bigger, a copule of motorized gyroscopes will make it roll faster on even surfaces. But it’s still awesome.
*couple of motorized… XD
Shut up and take my money.
All that is left to add is two blasters and a force field
This is exemplary work, it inspires and motivates other dreamers to achieve the standards you have set.
This is amazing, wonderful work!
this is like the apple products of robotics.
im already fearing for my life.
in other news, a city is over taken by…
Can’t wait for it to fly!
can see these as the next spy gadget.. rolling around taking pictures curling into a football or something lol
Or a rock.
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