University of Arizona student Matt Bunting has created a cool hexabot that looks like a spider. The robot also landed him a job offer and an order for two of the robots. Making robots can be fun and rewarding.
Every time the robot is turned on, it must learn again how to walk. If a particular movement moves it forward, then that movement is reinforced. This allows the robot to learn instead of using pre-programmed behavior. This also allows the robot to adapt if it gets damaged or loses a leg. The robot also uses a webcam to aid in navigation.
Stewart Christie at Intel liked the robot because it uses the Intel Atom processor. Intel ordered two robots and plans on using one in live demos.
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