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Robot Builder's Bonanza, 4th Edition, 4th Edition by Gordon McComb

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Chapter 27Build Robots with Legs

Do you enjoy challenges? I mean the really tough nuts that are hard to crack, the stuff that keeps you up at night as you try to work through the problems? If so, then maybe you’re ready to build a walking machine.

Legs are biologically inspired solutions to that old problem of how to get your robot from here to there. And not only as a means to mobilize your creation, but to step over common obstacles like yesterday’s lunch bag, your dirty socks, and the family turtle—stuff that might confound the typical robot with wheels or treads.

In this chapter you’ll learn about the role of legs in creating mobile robots, and the special requirements and limitations they impose. You’ll read about ready-made solutions, as ...

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