Category Archives: ROBOTICS

The ClearWalker Comes to Life (Part 3)

If you’ve been following along here, or on YouTube, you’ve certainly noticed that I’ve been working (yet another) Strandbeest. This time, I decided to go with clear polycarbonate, lights, and Bluetooth control. The results, thanks in a large part to excellent film work by PJ Accetturo, are nothing short of spectacular, as seen in the video below:

This has been my biggest undertaking to date, and, though the body was generously cut out by Cook Manufacturing Group, actually assembling the ClearWalker and figuring out the various mechanical difficulties I hadn’t thought of, as well as the electronics, took quite a bit of work. Still, I’m really proud of how it turned out.

Also, a big thanks to ServoCity, which generously provided many of the control components. You can see more about the control scheme, and how to control a ClearWalker/Strandbeest/tank this way in this Instructables article.

And finally, thanks to all of you that have checked out this project, or even provided encouragement along the way. Though this project is “done” for now, as with any project like this, I do have a few more ideas on improvements, other uses. Be sure to check back here, or even subscribe on YouTube to see what other crazy project I come up with next!

Clear Polycarbonate Strandbeest (Part 2) – Now Walking!

If you’ve been following along here or on YouTube, you know I’ve been working on a new strandbeest out of clear polycarbonate. Considering this device was CNC-cut, one would think it would just bolt together and work, but as seen in the video below, it was much more work than that.

For now I’m calling it “ClearWalker,” since I live in the vicinity of Clearwater, Florida, though I keep debating as to whether or not that’s slightly too cheesy. After I asked here and on social media for name suggestions, people came up with some really clever ideas. Thanks for your suggestions, and I’d love to know which you think is best:

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So without further ado, here is the video of the ‘beest walking:

As seen toward the end of the video, though nominally walking, it’s not quite done. Hopefully I’ll be able to add some lights, extra moving appendages, perhaps a camera, and show how I got it to function via Bluetooth/Arduino Mega control!

Clear Polycarbonate Strandbeest Assembly (Part 1)

For the past month or so (past few months really, I’ve been working on yet another Strandbeest, this time made with clear polycarbonate material. Even though I had the material cut outside, it has still taken a ton of work to get it together, opening up holes as needed and other small modifications.

Either way, I finally got it to a point where it can turn (some of) its legs while supported and stand on the floor on its own. I’m excited to see where this ‘beest will go, and I’m planning to use a Bluetooth remote control scheme, and add a head and “tail” to it as discussed in the video seen below.

Though I hope you find the video interesting, be sure to check back or subscribe on YouTube, as the next one should show it in action, walking with two more appendages and lighting under external control! Or at least that’s what I’m planning…Also, I’m not quite set on the name yet. I’m thinking “Clear Beast,” though if you have a better idea, let me know in the comments!