Hexy will have a friend!

Those clever folks over at Arcbotics have undoubtedly been up late and working very industriously of late. From the makers of our beloved Hexy, they have just started a new Kickstarter campaign for a little robot called Sparki.

Top-Front-Side with Logo copy

Aww.

Sparki is set up to work straight out of the box (3D printed, no less), with a stack of sensors and tricks that it can play. This simple, entry level robot is more aimed at education than Hexy, and even cheaper to boot.

I've backed it. You should too. They could swarm together. It'll be awesome.

Fear not though, Hexy is not forgotten. He's still got plenty of tricks to learn and more excellent videos to post. Incidentally, Hexy has gotten me over two thousand total views of the stuff that I've uploaded to YouTube. Not too bad. The Thriller video has gotten nearly 1,000 view just by itself, although I suspect that this might have something to do with Arcbotics' enthusiasm for this particular vid:

I wonder how Hexy and Sparki could be made to work together? Any suggestions/ thoughts?

Final comment about the new robot on the block though: Hexy was writing even before Sparki was born. Don't know what the little upstart thinks they're doing trying to show off on their Kickstarter page. Bah! ;)

Hexy Gets Schooled

Through a colleague in the office, Hexy got invited to present at a local primary school. With three groups of children coming to see Hexy ranging in ages from 3-4 up to 9-10 years old, Hexy would have his work cut-out to keep everyone entertained.

I was introduced to everyone as "Robot Rob" for the day and demonstrated Hexy's muscles (servos), and brain (microcontroller), which seemed to provoke some interest in the young minds. What really got everyone going was the dancing though, I was even super impressed by one young lad who recognised the Thriller dance - even though he was only 4!

Hexy even had his first go at writing his name (fairly unsuccessfully), but the children forgave his poor handwriting as he was so young (only two months). In all, everyone seemed to be impressed/ inspired by what Hexy could do, the children has a few suggestions of what robots could do in the future (heavier on Gangnam-Style, light on surgical robots).

Fun day.

Big Bang Fair - TODO list

Hmm, got me a little over a month to get Hexy ready for the Big Bang Fair, and I keep thinking of things that I need to get done. Figured I should make a list and check things off as I go.

  • Repair Hexy
  • Take some photo> and produce a postcard to give out
  • Record letter shapes for a Hexy writing library
  • Re-jig PoMoCo to minimise the interface
  • Order spares/ repairs
  • Add button to interface to allow custom signatures
  • Implement code behind fancy new buttons
  • Automate "Kill-All" servo control to limit damage opportunities (FAILED, ran out of time)
  • (optional) Move IK code from Moves folder into Hexapod class (FAILED, ran out of time)