I was able to spend some time over the weekend to travel to robotics Mecca (Trossen Robotics HQ). While visiting I made some significant progress on the assembly of OKQ1. I was even able to set all the MX-64T servo IDs and buadrates.
Here is a short video the TR crew took of OKQ1′s first power up and software run:
I have been working on ideas for simple target tracking or auto targeting systems to use in Mech Warfare that do not require an on board computer running vision software. I believe that I have found a suitable solution and this week I have made some significant progress prototyping it.
Below you can watch two videos of the prototype tracking/targeting system.
Unlike all my other Mech Warfare work I will not be releasing the details on this system until after the 2013 Robogames event.
After my hiatus from competing in 2012 I have started a new mech to dominate in 2013!
OKQ1 (Off-Kilter Quad One) will be an MX servo based quad with four degree of freedom legs.
Between the end of MW 2012 and now I have been experimenting and perfecting new IK calculations, gait algorithms and control ideas.
In this first video you can see me testing my 4DOF IK calculations with a single leg. The foot is being moved in a circular motion. You can see that the final leg joint is always kept perpendicular to the ground.