CrustCrawler has raised the bar by
developing an advanced
and capable 3DOF based hexapod. The
AX- 12-18 Smart Hexapod features ( 18)
powerful and feedback rich AX- 12 servos
coupled to CrustCrawler’s exclusive, all aluminum AX- 12
bracket set for leg articulation. The body platforms
measure over 15. 8 in x 3. 5 in ( 40. 13 cm x 8.89 cm) which
allows for a large assortment of controlling electronics,
sensors, and added hardware.
CrustCrawler has teamed up with Matt Bunting of the
Robotics and Neural Systems Laboratory (RSNL) at the
University of Arizona to develop advanced walking gaits
and six-axis yaw, pitch, and roll control that responds
directly to a handheld controller’s 3-D orientation. For
advanced multithreaded applications such as onboard
vision processing, PS3 six-axis control, kinematic
calculations, color histograms, face detection, stereopsis,
optic flow, and other multithreaded applications, the
AX- 12-18 Smart Hexapod is mated to a Fit-PC2 computer.
The Fit-PC2 is a complete computer based on the
powerful Intel Atom Z530 CPU at 1.6 GHz with 160GB
SATA harddisk, 1,000 Mb/s Ethernet port, 802.11 WiFi,
and six USB 2.0 ports with a low power 12 volt 6W
fanless power supply. Complete kits will also feature a
wireless Bluetooth USB dongle, six-axis controller, and
The Fit-PC2 will be available in both Linux and
Windows configurations along with free, multithreaded
AX- 12-18 Smart Hexapod code for both Fit-PC2 platforms.
Code will also be developed for complete control via the
Internet. A ( 12) servo AX- 12 Smart Hexapod is also in
development. The AX12-18 Smart Hexapod will be
available in three flexible kit levels:
• Hardware kit – Aluminum body kit only.
For further information, please contact:
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SENSORS & ACCESSORIES
VRbot — Voice Recognition
VRbot Module from Tigal is designed to add versatile voice command functionality to robots; in particular,
ROBONOVA-I and ROBOZAK.
The VRbot module can also be used to efficiently
implement voice recognition capabilities on virtually any
host platform. The module is completely self-contained
and interacts with the host through a simple, yet robust
serial protocol, enabling voice recognition on relatively low
power processors such as ATMEGA, PIC, etc.
Speaker Independent and Dependent Commands
• 26 built-in speaker independent (SI) commands for
ready to run basic controls (currently supports US
English, German, Italian, and Japanese with more
languages available in the near future).
• Supports up to 32 user-defined speaker dependent
triggers or commands, as well as voice passwords. SD
commands are language independent.
• Easy-to-use and free simple Graphical User Interface
(GUI) to program voice commands to your robot or
• Works with ROBONOVA and ROBOZAK MR-C3024
• Module can be used with any host with a UART
interface (powered at 3.3V-5V).
• Simple and robust serial protocol to access and program
the module through the host board.
• Operates from 9600 bps to 115000 bps
• Sample code provided for the following platforms for a
quick start on application development:
– ROBONOVA and ROBOZAK MR-C3024
– POPbot Wheeled Robots
– Arduino USB Boards