from Tino Werner / 21.09.2014
During my school years, I decided I would one day create a robot spider that was as much like a tarantula as possible in the way it looked and sporadically moved.
I developed an ingenious walking mechanism and a complex digital control. The latter had a random element and a sensor system for acknowledging obstacles. The spider only had two
motors for walking and three others to move the feelers and abdomen.
I used this knowledge in 2004 to create a miniature robot spider.
Its body had a diameter of only 5 cm, while it was equipped with simplified efficient kinematics and an alterable analog control unit with 6 sensors. [Video]
Almost 20 years after building the first robot spider, I was able to construct this soldering kit, which was made of printed circuit boards and brass tubes.
Its left and right groups of legs are synchronized using a magnetic coupling. By way of numerous sockets on its experimentation platform it's possible to “program” multiple behavioral