Experimenting with Walking Robots — Autonomous Leveling

Experimenting with Walking Robots — Autonomous Leveling

By John Blankenship    View In Digital Edition  


In Part 1, we explored making a robot walk by using a collection of routines that could shorten or lengthen a leg, move a leg forward or backward, etc. Using such routines — instead of the typical frame-based approach — makes it possible for software to monitor sensors and/or accelerometers to see if the robot is level. As with frame-based walking though, the robot’s movements were somewhat unsteady at best and totally unusable on uneven terrain. Experimenting with the program quickly revealed some of the problems and how to fix it.

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