Introduction: Wobbly, a Mini Biped Robot

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Long time ago I wanted to build a multi servo robot, like a biped or a hexapod. After seeing OddBot’s Mini Biped robot, I wanted to build one just for fun until I could afford to get the number of servos required for a full robot. This is how Wobbly was born. He has 4 servos for the legs and one servo for panning a Sharp IR sensor. Needs a little bit more work until it will be able to walk and turn properly, but he’s almost ready.

For this robot I used my uBotino (micro-botino) robot controller, that allows me to control up to 5 servos (plus 2 DC motors) and read up to 6 analog sensors (or digital).  I have designed a 12 servo board just like the uBotino robot controller, called the uServotino , but I need to correct some errors to be able to use it. Mean while, I started the work on the robot, since I had all the servos needed. I grabbed some scrap poplar plywood that I had from building the MiniEric robot and quickly fitted 2 pieces to mount the hip servos, then I used 15mm plastic stand-offs to mount the neck servo and the controller. 2 more pieces of plywood to mount the knee servos to the battery boxes and of course, 4 screws to mount the hip and knee servos together. Double sticky tape to mount the Sharp sensor as usual, and after a bit of soldering for the battery wires, the robot was ready for uploading the code.

The easy part was done. Next, the hard part. I have downloaded OddBot's code for the soccer robots and adapted it a bit to work with my setup. I still need to figure out how to steer the robot, but the forward-backward motion kind of works. I need to add some traction on the toes, otherwise the robot just skeeds in place. After some more code tweaks, the robot kind of works how it's supposed to. Still way from being perfect, it proves the possibilities. At the moment, you can see it walking leaning a bit on the back and with the weight a little more over one foot, so it slowly turns right. The turning sequence is still slow, but it is an improvement. When I'll have more time, I'll play again with it's code and try to improve it further, but for now I am declaring it "Complete".

Cheers!

Oh, here is the code: MiniBiped.zip




Comments

egyrmexiq (author)2015-07-20

Excelent..work..! congrats.. :)

jamesvdberg (author)2015-07-08

Very intresting design!

robobot3112 (author)2014-06-04

nice use of space

Robot Lover (author)2011-06-27

It's cool how you put the batteries on the feet! Good work, keep it up!

Ro-Bot-X (author)Robot Lover2011-06-27

Thanks!

Fantastic! Reminds me of the old hand crank ones :D This is a beautiful robot keep it up!.. wait one thing i noticed.. where is his arms?!? :D I love this.

safa otman (author)Ro-Bot-X2011-07-30

Hi frankly gorgeous .. I'm your project last year from the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electronic Engineering and Communications and I want you to help me by sending me the circute daigram and pictures all the pieces that used with a simple explanation so I work it like her and if you get the best projects, and better if allowed sent by Thanks

zaytoun (author)2011-09-19

please add me in facebook i would talk you because ur robot i will ask some question please
Hassan zaytoun

safa otman (author)2011-07-30

hi pleaceI am the last year from the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electronic and Communications Engineering
I want you to help me with suggestions and projects, and I liked your project and you to give me all the information of this projiet
thanks

vincent7520 (author)2011-06-28

I LOVE IT !!!…
I WANT ONE !!!!

NOW !!!…

tinker234 (author)2011-06-28

wow could i upscale it also please make a full instructable

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