Episode 4 – Science for kids

On saturday afternoon June 4 we were invited by Science4Kids to present and demonstrate our Babelonio hack. The presentation was followed by the demo of MaryJane, our Trossen Hexapod 6 legged robospider.

Presentation Babelonio hack to Science4Kids
Presentation Babelonio hack to Science4Kids

Science4Kids is initiated by Erik Peter Vermaat, a passionated educator. He is convinced that much more emphasis should be given to technology education. Especially to young people.

Kids from aged 7 to 14 attend in their free time several sessions ranging from electronics, virtual reality, physics, robotics and much more. In an easy and accessible way the kids get some feeling, hands-on experience and understanding of new technology, play with it and do some programming (and maybe in future join a TADhack).

This afternoon the kids assembled the 2 wheels Mbot, programmed them and had fun driving them around trying to avoid roadblocks like chairs and spiders.

Mbot educational robot kits
Mbot educational robot kits
Kids hacking the robot
Kids hacking the robot

A totally different audience than a regular TADhack attendance but there is a certain resemblance. These kids too are very eager to learn about new and future technology.

Watch the  impression below of this successfull afternoon.

One of the kids showed me this kangaroo robot. Our spider uses it 6 legs to crawl. But this creature just uses 2 legs to jump around. Amazing! Thanx for sharing, young man!

With many thanks to Science4Kids for presenting and demonstrating our Babelonio hack and spider to these “whizz kids”. It was a nice experience and to Erik Peter, continue with this excellent initiative!

Episode 3 – It is moving

Final assembly consisted of screwing the six legs to the main body, wiring up and loading the control software onto the Hexapod.

Final assembly
Final assembly
Loading the control software
Loading the control software
Impressive thing
Impressive thing

Then we had to run the test program to check the servomotors in the legs.

So far the first 3 episodes of our PhantomX AX Metal Hexapod Mark III Kit spider-on-the-web project.

The next episode will be published as soon as we have more news about this project.

Episode 2 – Nuts and bolts

Our spider story continues. We assembled legs and servos, forced nuts into places, loaded the battery and strapped it to the body part, added printed circuit boards to the main body, compiled the controller, wired up all the electronics and all that using a couple of thousands washers, nuts and bolts!

Assembly continues
Assembly continues
Nuts and bolts
Nuts and bolts

But luckily Trossen Robotics provides a sound and precise instruction on how to put all these parts together and turn it into a six legged crawler.

Spacers, hubs, standoffs, washers, nuts and bolts
Spacers, hubs, standoffs, washers, nuts and bolts
How to wire up your spider
How to wire up your spider

And so we followed the instructions step by step and the spider got into shape piece by piece. I must admit, M3 and M2 bolts and nuts are so tiny that it drives you almost crazy.

These are spider legs, not chicken wings!
These are spider legs, not chicken wings!
Getting the body into shape
Getting the body into shape

And, after many hours of hard work, we finally put some lightning from the skies above into our spider.

Will it come alive?
Will it come alive?

Excitement all over. This really felt like Doctor Frankenstein. The nerdy scientist who, after studying software engineering, multimedia and robotics, gained an insight into the creation of the spider-on-the-web and gave life to this creature: The amazing six legged spider!

An unbelievable and exciting feeling!
An unbelievable and exciting feeling!

How will it look like? Is it moving?

Need more suspense? Check this.

 

Stay tuned for the next episode …