I’ve finally gotten my hands on a quadrotor helicopter! In addition to the bones of the beast I’ve convinced two CS students, Alex Zirbel and Jitu Das, and an ECE student, James Wahawisan (to whom the quadrotor initially belonged) to join my quest for aerial dominance. The project will be an exercise in control and vision in addition to just being an awesome flying platform.
With the upcoming semester looming, there is a need to get the Hybrid Locomotion project back on its feet. Stairbot is now named HyLo. Our goal for this iteration of the design is to use more powerful, accurate and sensitive servo motors at each joint and simplify the mechanical design to make the robot easier to program. Pace Nalbone is going to be in charge of our initial CAD work, designing a new robot of similar form factor that utilizes Dynamixel Servos. More on the new design soon.