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August 28, 2007

PIC Robot Centipede

at 5:19 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment

If you like robotics and PIC microcontroller projects like I do this PIC Robot Centipede is sure to tickle your fancy. The project uses the cool Centipede Robot.

Video after the jump.

“I ordered a bunch of PIC programming materials at the start of summer break to learn more about embedded development and generally play around with them. For my first sizeable PIC project I decided to replace the brain on my Mechamo Gakken Centipede kit with a radio controlled PIC motor controller.

This mechanical kit is full of tiny fiddly pieces, but it still only took me about 4 hours to put together. It is very cool stock, but it is somewhat limited by the infrared controller (hence this project). I was inspired by this network rover put together by someone in Japan. I decided to make the motor control PIC based so I could more easily control it with a keyglove which is less practical than a network interface, but is intuitive, requires no computer, and looks science fiction-y. I also happened to have a 1-watt Luxeon LED flashlight, a WRT-54G with hacked client mode firmware, and a network camera laying around so they all got mounted onto the robot. ”

Here are a few other videos of the same type of robot (non-modified).