Lynxmotion A-Pod Hexapod Robot Kit (No Electronics)

LynxmotionSKU: RB-Lyn-733
Manufacturer #: APOD-NE

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Description

  • Basic A-Pod hexapod robot kit with frame, hardware and servos
  • Angled legs for additional range of movement with 3 DOF (degree of freedom)
  • Made with PVC and high-quality aluminum servo erector set brackets
  • Includes durable aluminum and plastic parts
  • Advanced development kit

The Lynxmotion A-Pod Hexapod Robot Kit (No Electronics) is insect inspired. The angled legs provides additional range of movement. The three DOF (degree of freedom) leg design means the robot can walk in any direction. The robot has been designed to use 18 HS-645 servos for the legs and an additional 7 servos for the head and tail. It's truly amazing to see in action.

Lynxmotion A-Pod Hexapod Robot Kit (No Electronics)- Click to Enlarge

Controlling the Robot
By offloading the servo pulse generation and sequence movement timing to the SSC-32 (highly recommended for multi-legged robots), the microcontroller will have plenty of power to do some really cool things. The Phoenix program is compatible with the BotBoarduino and allows the robot to walk with variable speed, in any direction (translation), or turn in place (rotation), or any combination of the two. The leg lift and ride height is adjustable as well as the gait walking speed. You can rotate the body in every axis. There are preset walking modes and gaits to choose from. All of these are accessible from the controller. The Phoenix code also supports a serial control mode for controlling the robot via a serial connection.

Lynxmotion A-Pod Hexapod Robot Kit (No Electronics)- Click to Enlarge

The Mechanics
The robot is made from precision-cut PVC and ultra-tough high-quality aluminum Servo Erector Set brackets.

Note that this is NOT a toy but rather an advanced legged development platform. Mechanical assembly instructions are provided. but the user must select electronics and program the robot. The Phoenix code (compatible with Lynxmotion's BotBoarduino microcontroller + SSC-32 servo controller + PS2 remote control) can be adapted for use with this robot at the discretion of the user.

Requires (sold separately)

  • BotBoarduino or other microcontroller
  • SSC-32 Servo Controller
  • USB data transfer cable
  • Size (overall): 24.25''(L) x 17.00''(W) x up to 8.50''(H)
  • Size (body): 9.375''(L) x 6.625''(W) x 2.50''(H)
  • Weight (w/out batteries): 6lb 4oz.
  • Servo motion control: Local closed loop
  • Steering: Differential
  • Number of legs: 6
  • Degrees of freedom per leg: 3
  • Motion speed: 10''/S
  • Ground clearance: Up to 7.50''

Powering options compatibility

  • Chargers: NiCad & Ni-MH Universal Smart Charger
  • Batteries: 6.0 Volt Ni-MH 1600mAh/2800mAh Battery Pack

Customer Reviews

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Philippe
Impressive

Easy assembly, works very well with Phoenix code. You must add a code to operate the clamps, the head and the abdomen. By adding command lines from the SSc32u record, a little research on the Net and the will we get there. But it's really AWESOME to see him walk and move.

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Roger
A great looking Ant!

The kit build went mostly well, however, I found that the feet (which are designed to be able to (optionally) detect the floor with contact switches, were not built to good enough tolerances to be functional in my specific kit.

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Tobias
Great Kit for Tinkering

I really like kit. It is not so easy to assemble and the documentation is outdated. There are some forum posts giving tips but are sometimes contradicting. But this is exactly why it is so fun and rewarding to assemble the kit, figure out the best way to orient the components and lay the wires, and see the robot eventually walk. It is not a beginner kit. You need some soldering and basic mechanical skills. The example code is incomplete and is missing logic to control the head, mandibles and tail. so c++ skills are required, too. The BotBoarduino and SSC-32U Servo controller fit nicely into the kit and are relative easy to understand. One of the downside is the wire mess you get with the 25 servos. If doing again, I would probably go with some smart servos that are daisy-chainable and can report back status information (like the FEETech Smart Servo https://www.robotshop.com/en/ft-scservo-smart-servo-motor.html) - but then you can't use the SSC-32U controller and need to hack your own.

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