Multi-legged robot has been being miner robot compared with biped robot in Japan. Just G-DOG , a kit of 4 legs robot, was on the market from HIP JAPAN in July 2008. Recently, robot builders who has been making custom-built biped robot are interested in making multi-legged robot.
Multi-legged robot is stable to walk compared with biped robot and even low powered servo motor can move the body. It is not so hard for biped robot builders to make a new multi-legged robot. Biped robot builders also have a lot of idle controller, servos, arms and parts.
Bishii (Asakusa-giken) and Tanaka (Dainihon-giken) announced on Dec 4th, 2009 that they began to make multi-legged robots for robot survival game with toy gun and sensor for detecting the impact, which were controlled using image monitor as`Remo`. The movement of making the multi-legged robot began from this announce.
ROBOSPOT (KONDO KAGAKU CO., LTD) held an information exchange meeting about multi-legged robot on Jan 23rd, 2010. Some robot builders joined the meeting and exchanged the opinion. And the presentation was also carried out. My new robots with 5 legs, BT-L5 and BT-L15 videos were also introduce. After the meeting, ROBOSPOT (KONDO KAGAKU CO., LTD) announced a plan of competition with multi-legged robots.
The main regulation of the contest was as follows;
1) Multi-legged robot except for biped robot, but single foot robot can join.
2) Using of wheel is prohibited.
Four multi-legged robots joined the contest. The Champion of the 1st Multi-Legged Robot Contest was my robot, BLACK TIGER L45. Demonstration within 2 mins of each robot was as follows.
Anomalous 5-Legged Robot, using high powered servo KRS-4013HV. BT-L45 has 16 axes, each leg consisted of 3 servos and one body axis. The body axis makes the robot turn up from upside down.
No302. Makugun by Azusa-san
Six-Legged Robot with KCB-3WL and camera system.
No303. Metameta by Morinaga-san
Eight-Legged Robot, jointed with 4 Metallic Fighters for the 21st KONDO CUP Open Class.
No304. ISOKO RESCUE
Six-Legged Robot, with flat body for rescue work.
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