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My good friend Joe Bowers is building a robot leg, this first test is very cool.

This is the first step in making my own bipedal robot. If I’m satisfied with this leg, I will build another and some hips. I am using a combination of the Lynxmotion servo erector set, and MicroRax to build the frame. I chose to mix these two because I like the aesthetic achieved with MicroRax and the function that the Lynxmotion parts provided. The brain is an Arbotix Robot Controller, which is like an Arduino, with more beef.

I know his goal is to teach it inverse kinematics and have it walking around, but I’m not so sure I’d ever want to remove it from the training frame. It looks like a robot leg in physical therapy. Great work Joe.

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He works at Disney Research and writes for Make and Boing Boing. He is training for American Ninja Warrior. You can find him at and twitter @johnedgarpark — if you like that sort of thing.