Thank you for the initial feedback... all wlecome!
wattsie wrote:Cool, love it, my first few attempts at hex's were micro servo versions, this was a few years back, so ill hazard a guess that micro servos are of better quality now!
Indeed I think they are gaining in quality, as I also tried some years back and was very disappointed with the result. I have sourced some similar servos in China, which would bring the kit price down further, however, I need to look into import duty etc, and then buy 20 off them just to see if they are good enough... there is not point in going really cheap if the servos keep breaking!
No1_sonuk wrote:Not so sure dedicating it to LiPo is such a good idea. I think most would rather use cheaper/less hassle NiMH.
Interesting to hear people against the LiPo idea.. To be honest if I fit the batter inside the body, the LiPo only saves on size and a little weight, but does loose about 300 mah capacity compared to the 6V NiMh.
Acrylic body also looks good. HS-55 servos look quite cute, only weigh in at 8g a piece!!! That said, 1.1Kg-cm torque looks a bit feeble
Surprisingly the torque is actually not bad considering the weight of the hexapod is very low, also at 6V you get 1.3Kg torque, and the legs are pretty short. I think the hex could easily take another 100g or more payload. I will do some measurements when I get my scales back!
A little too small and cheap looking I think, but maybe for the nBug... Nano Bug ?
plingboot wrote:Really like the idea of integrating the SMB into the top plate - if the servo connections were underneath and the 'important bit's were on top - that could be quite interesting. Still think there would need to be mount points for piggy back boards - or - could you also integrate a BS2p24 carrier into the design?
The electronics are the biggest question at the moment. In the current configuration, custom electronics can be fitted, but if I create a dedicated miniaturised p.Brain system, then customising may be an issue, there should still be room for piggy back boards.
One of the biggest problems with servos is the size of the plug as mentioned, however having to fit custom miniature connectors would put allot of people off.
BillB wrote:In order to get more mass appeal I would try and hide the electronics. Miniturising the electronics would help - but it may be worth making a 'cute' domed facia to hide the electronics (think colourful Laydbirds and green bugs). In which case uBug would be a nice name.
Yup a vac form cover would be nice!
So I'm thinking the name things is kind of tending towards MSR-uBug of course it could be part no. MSR-uH01 nickname the uBug ?