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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

MicroRaptor - Mech Warrior

So, my friend Andrew is organizing a new biped competition for next year's Robot Games in San Francisco, called Mech Wars. I'm helping him with a few things, and also building my own mech for this. Well, to be more specific, I'm converting MicroRaptor to be a mech.

On the right you can see MicroRaptor, with an airsoft cannon taped to his head. Of course, I'm going to be building a new mount for this, and may even end up machining a new cannon, using some of the parts from inside this one.

This competition will give me a chance to play around with a lot of autonomous behaviour (like balancing and walking), while still maintaining direct overall control of the robot. Eventually, although probably not for the first year, I want to make MicroRaptor be fully autonomous in this competition...