Morphex Robot: Spherical Hexapod Robot Creeps Into Our Lives
The MorpHex Robot, much like a Transformer, is more than meets the eye. It’s a ball. It’s a bot. It transforms and then skitters around like a creepy crab. It also dances and can interact with its environment.
While Kåre (“Zenta“) Halvorsen’s MorpHex robot is kind of creepy, it is also a great bit of engineering that uses 25 servos with custom linkages and body shells to create the whole package. Like a roly-poly bug, it can turn itself into a ball whenever it wants. If it were tough enough, you could throw it wherever you want and it could spring open and do its thing.
Under the hood, MorpHex has twelve 5990 and thirteen 5645 Hitec servos, a Basicmicro ARC-32 board, XBee, 2S 5000mAh LiPo, a Turnigy 8 Amp regulator, and a whole lot of awesome.