A few months ago, a video was making the rounds of the internet of a pretty nifty little hexapod robot. Hexapods are not at all uncommon in the hobby robotics community but what really stuck out about this little bot was its radially-irised arms (I love making up terms!) and the sectioned half hemisphere of polycarbonate panels that covered its legs. One of the most common remarks to the video that the bot’s creator, Kare Halvorsen, posted on Youtube was ‘how awesome it would be if he could add a second hemisphere and, make it roll’. Well, it looks like he’s about halfway there now. The newest video released for the MorpHex shows it flexing its new upper panels while gyrating with its lower legs. Kare says that he hasn’t yet figured out how to get the bot to roll when its legs are all tucked away but, that it is part of the plan.
Check out the videos below to see the evolution of this really neat little bot and be sure to leave us a comment with your thoughts!