Source code publicized
(This update is a slightly modified version of the update on our blog. We're still trying to figure out exactly what updates to post where, bear with us!)
It’s been less than a week since we launched our Kickstarter and we are already 75% funded! This is mindblowing! Thank you everyone for donating, for spreading the word, and for believing in us - we'll do you proud.
We’ve received a couple of requests about our source code repository and realized we haven’t ever publicly shared the link. Presently the central repository is a collaborative sandbox and full of experimental code (read: don't expect to make much sense of it yet); we will be separating an easier-to-understand release branch out soon. In the meantime, the link for the curious is here: https://github.com/projecthexapod/main
We’ve also had generous offers from remote developers who want to help. Thank you! We’ll be figuring out the right way to incorporate public contributions as we clean up the repository, stay tuned.
In other news, height mapped terrain is now supported in the simulator. This will let us simulate much more complex and interesting situations than we could previously. Here’s a short demo of what that looks like with Stompy walking blindly forward. The ground is red in honor of Curiosity landing on Mars!
The blue lines are a new feature that help us visually gauge the stability of a gait. The polygon on the ground is called the support polygon. The blue line pointing down from the center of the robot indicates the rough position of the center of mass of the robot. The point where the line from the center of mass meets the ground is called the center of pressure. The closer the center of pressure is to the center of the support polygon, the more stable the gait is. If the center of pressure were ever outside of or on the edge of the support polygon, Stompy would fall over.
As most of you will have seen on our kickstarter page, we’ve received all waterjet parts for the full scale prototype leg and test fitted them together (everything fits). Welding starts on Saturday - look for more updates soon!
Thanks for reading, and for spreading the word. You all are making this possible!
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10 characters of your choosing (and our approval) are welded onto the chassis of Stompy, and we'll send you a picture. On top of that, you get the signed picture, T-shirt, band, sticker, name on our website, and shouting.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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