Posted in: SERVO Blog (02/12 at 01:51 PM)

The Learning Hexapod

I’ll take 2 please. That’s what Intel said when they saw the video posted on Youtube of this Hexapod bot created by Matt Bunting, a University of Arizona electrical-engineering senior. They quickly got a hold of Matt and asked him to create 2 of his Hexapod creations to help promote their Atom processors. This 14x17x8-inch hexapod uses Intel’s 1.60GHz Atom Z530 and US15W chipset while running the Ubuntu open-source operating system. 

“One of the things I wanted to explore was the idea of reinforcement learning. What I wanted to do was not preprogram any of those walking algorithms, I wanted it to figure out how to walk straight forward on its own,” Bunting said. “It has the ability to figure it out itself.”

[Source] cnet news