DIY Walkers: TrotBot using EV3

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In my previous post, I shared some of my exploration of walking mechanisms using mainly LEGO Technic. Here is a MINDSTORMS EV3 version I have just built. The challenge with this build was maximizing performance while working with the heavy EV3 brick. I found that I could improve performance by adding “retractable toes” that increase […]

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DIY Walkers: Explorations of the TrotBot walking mechanism

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I was part of the team that developed the TrotBot linkage mechanism in LEGO, and then helped to scale it up to the size of a minivan. We gained a ton of knowledge from the scale-up and I’ve taken many of the improvements that we made at minivan scale back to LEGO, which really improved […]

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Artificial intelligence: Exploring movement

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The way a creature is built greatly affects how it behaves. By observation, one can note that birds usually perch and fly, roosting high in the treetops, while fish use their fins to propel themselves into the depths of bodies of water. While the fundamental idea seems basic, the use of such a concept in […]

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