DASH hexapedal cockroach-inspired robot survives large falls, dashes off


DASH hexapedal cockroach-inspired robot survives large falls, dashes off… could be a fun remake…

The Dynamic Autonomous Sprawled Hexapod, aptly abbreviated DASH, really moves. It’s a high-speed six-legged runner that can be built in an hour using basically cardboard and polymer sheets for its frame. Created by Paul Birkmeyer and Prof. Ronald Fearing at the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab at UC Berkeley, DASH is extremely lightweight (16 grams) and uses a single DC motor to power the legs and a small servomotor to slightly deform the robot’s body, making it turn left or right.

From MAKE magazine:

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In MAKE, Volume 19: Robots, Rovers, and Drones, learn how to make a model plane with an autopilot and a built-in robot brain. We’ll also show you how to make a comfortable chair and footstool out of a single sheet of plywood, a bicyclist’s vest that shows how fast you’re going, and projects that introduce you to servomotors. All this, and lots more, in MAKE, Volume 19! Subscribe here. Buy the issue in the Maker Shed.

4 thoughts on “DASH hexapedal cockroach-inspired robot survives large falls, dashes off

  1. Marcel says:

    Amazing. I particularly like the slo-mo of it mounting an obstacle — it looks really organic and life-like. Well done!

  2. Simon says:

    Yes, I like this one a lot. Neat video and cool robot. My first thought was stick two light sensors on it and make it photo-phobic and it really would be like a cockroach!

    And I a going to look up these memory metal servos. I haven’t heard of the before.

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