A Climbing Robot Caterpillar

Kinetic artists Reuben Margolin has made a number of robots that are like sculptures, or sculptures that are like robots. We like anything that proves engineering and art can be the same thing. Here’s more from Reuben Margolin:

Inside the caterpillar is a micro-controller holding a file with a quarter million angles. As the motors sequentially follow these angles, the caterpillar traverses the woodpile.

The woodpile is not as random as it looks, but follows a predetermined polynomial spline within certain bounds of curvature. It is made of scrap wood and took about week to make. The caterpillar took several months, although a lot of that time was spent learning about servo motors, micro-controllers, Terminal and Python, and learning how to use an oscilloscope to trouble shoot the square wave signal that carries the angular information.

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