Robot Projects & How-To's
Robot projects and how-to's, both customer submitted and created in-house.

L5 / L6 Arm | Pan and Tilt | Hex 1 | Hex 2 | 3DOF Hexapod & Phoenix | Quad 2 | CR / L5 | 4WD1
4WD2 | 4WD3 | Johnny 5 | Biped | Servo Brackets | Sumo | Combat Bots | Other Competitions
Batteries | Photography | Servos | Remote Control | Plastics | Pneumatics | Vehicle Motion | Wiring

 
L5 / L6 Arm
Lynx 5 and the "Tiger-Goat-Cabbage" Problem
Author: Stefan Andrei and Lamar University's "Embedded Systems" class

Arm demonstrates solution for the River Crossing logic problem.
Temperature Switch Testing with L5 Arm
Author: Engin Oge and Evin Oge

Arm dips temperature snap switch in hot and cold oil for testing.
Tic Tac Toe Playing Robotic Arm
Author: Serdar Mehmet Güzel & Yasin Hýnýslýoðlu

Arm autonomously plays Tic Tac Toe, using a webcam for vision.
Autonomous Robot Arm with Laser Enhanced Vision (ARALEV)
Author: Björn Brunefors, Johan Pilhagen & Nils-Erik Bomark

Arm can find, track, and fetch an object using its laser enhanced vision.
L6 Arm Rover and other Rovers
Author: Stephane Golay

Remote-control arm with camera and night vision on home-made rover.
Lynx 6 Robotic Arm Connect-Four
Author: Daniel Barber

Using the L6 arm to demonstrate how computers solve problems.
Inverse Kinematics for Lynx Arms
Author: Laurent Gay

Using inverse kinematics to position the Lynxmotion L5 and L6 arms.
Inverse Kinematics for Lynx Arms
Author: Mike Keesling

Using inverse kinematics to position the Lynxmotion L5 and L6 arms.
Inverse Kinematics for Lynx Arms
Author: Hoon Hong

Using an alternate inverse kinematics formula to position the Lynxmotion L5 and L6 arms.
RETS Tech Center Robots in Action
Author: John F Foster III

L6 Arms used in a 3-week class to show that robots need explicit instruction to function.
M&M Color Sorter
Author: Beth Frye

Build your own M&M Sort by Color Machine. Includes program and schematic.
Towers of Hanoi Puzzle
Author: Francis Bordenkircher

A fun goal oriented project for the L5 or L6 arms.
(Old) Give the 5AA sight: Lego Block Arranger
Author: Jason Harris

Vision system based on the Quick Cam.
(Old) The 5AA gets tracks: Robo Tank III
Author: Chuck McManis
5AA (L5) mounted to a M1A1 Abrams tank chassis.
(Old) Machine Vision System
Author: Jeppe Mikkelsen
Includes C++ Code for MiniSSC-2 servo controller.
(Old) 5AA Prototype
Author: Jim Frye

A view and description of the prototype of the original 5AA (L5).
(Old) Dunback School
Author: Terry Morris
Lynxmotion 5 Axis Arm in New Zealand.
(Old) Linear Slide
Author: Mitchell Weak

No information, but cool project.

 
Pan And Tilt

Automated Film Dipper
Author: Aaron Massari
Aaron uses Labview and our Pan and Tilt to increase productivity in his research.
 
Hexapod 1
EH1 Science Fair: Robots Exploring their Environments
Author: Cesar Castillo & Steve van Geldern
Science fair project using an EH1.
Remote Piloted Hexapod for Basic Atom
Author: Jim Frye
Images and description of the Remote Piloted Hexapod.
(Old) Remote Piloted Hexapod for BS1
Author: Jim Frye
Images and description of the Remote Piloted Hexapod prototype.
(Old) Travis Dunsmuir's Hexapod
Author: Steve & Travis Dunsmuir
Hexapod 1 with BS2-SX.
 
Hexapod 2
Extreme Hex 2 / Lynx 5 Arm with PS2 Controller RC
Author: Laurent Gay
Cool remote-control EH2 / L5 arm PS2 Controller RC project.
EH2 as the Golo-golo "spirrid"
Author: Peter Carpenter
A working facsimile of the Golo-golo 'spirrid'.
Clear Extreme Hex 2 with Lights
Author: Jim Frye
An easy-to-do and eye-catching mod for the clear EH2.
EH2 with "Star Trek Warp Coil Engine" Lights
Author: Jim Frye
An easy-to-do and eye-catching mod for the EH2.
Yoshi-Bot: Yoshi's EH2 Mod
Author: Jim Frye, The Screensavers (Tech TV)
The Extreme Hex 2 kit that went to San Francisco for The Screensavers!
EH2 Geekbot
Author: Jim Frye, The Screensavers (TechTV)
Our Extreme Hex 2 on a trip to San Francisco, CA for The Screensavers!
Fuzzy Logic Navigation with Hex 2
Author: Makoto Kern
Autonomous Hexapod 2 using fuzzy logic to navigate.
(Old) Rug Walker
Author: Joker Robotics
Fully autonomous robot from the old Hexapod II base and their EyeBot Controller.
(Old) Power Saving Sleep Mode
Author: Chris Kline
Adding a power saving sleep mode to the old H2.
(Old) Paint Ball Shooting Hexapod 2
Author: Jim Frye

Do not try this at home!
(Old) Maurice Tombé
Author: Tony Farquhar / Douglas Hamby
Old Hexapod II and 5AA used for two part robot project.
(Old) Remote Control with Big Grip
Author: Jim Frye
Images and description of the Hexapod 2 PE with Big Grip Hexapod 2 PE with Big Grip.
(Old) Hexapod 2 in Antarctica
Author: Brendon Cornford
Hexapod II in Antarctica.
(Old) Hex 2 / Big Grip Deluxe
Author: Larry Kruzan
Images and description of the Hexapod II / Big Grip Deluxe.
(Old) Golem II
Author: L. Minati R&D
Images and description of the Hexapod Robot.
(Old) Joebot
Author: Greg Cameron
Images and description of the Modified Hexapod II.
 
3DOF Hexapod & Phoenix
Hexcontrol for VB.net
Author: FlowbotX

VisualBasic.net program for directly controlling a hexapod, using a PC and SSC-32.
The Wicked One
Author: Jim Frye

Modding the CH3-R hexapod.
Phoenix Hexapod Project
Author: Kåre Halvorsen

Images and Excel program spreadsheet for the Phoenix hexapod.
BlackWido
Author: Jeroen Janssen (aka Xan)

Images and PS2 control code for a custom Phoenix-like hexapod.
 
Quadrapod 2
(Old) Camo Quadrapod
Author: Chris Kline
Images and description of the camouflaged Quadrapod.
(Old) EXQUAD
Author: Andrew Alter

Images and description of the Extreme Quadrapod.
(Old) EXQUAD II
Author: Andrew Alter
Images and description of the Extreme Quadrapod II.
 
CR / L5
 
(Old) Object Hunter  
Author: Ludovico Minati
Images and description of the Object Hunter 1.
(Old) RF Transmitter / Receiver
Author: Robert Watkins
Images and description of adding a Serial Data Transmitter / Receiver.
(Old) Extreme Mobile 5AA
Author: Francisco Carabaza
Images and description of NR3, a modified Lynxmotion Mobile Arm.

 
4WD1

Wireless 4WD1
Author: Robin Langeveld
Using the 4WD1 as a platform for a wireless robot.
Joemarsrover
Author: Greg Cameron
Images and description of the modified 4WD1.

 
4WD2

Bat Rover
Author: Tony Messina
Using the 4WD2 as a platform for an L5 arm.

 
4WD3

Regis the Rover
Author: Glenn Nickens, Ethan Tira-Thompson, and Dave Touretzky
4WD3 platform modified with a "crab arm" gripper and "goose neck" webcam.

 
Bipeds

Biped Pete Jr.
Author: Alex Donin (aka AlexD)
Scaled-down Biped Pete with code.
BRAT TV Plus
Author: Kurt Eckhardt (aka Kurte)
Controlling the BRAT with a TV remote.
Bratinator
Author: Mike Bookbinder (aka SN96)
A customized biped BRAT.
Second Bipedal Robot
Author: Charlie Scilabro, Jr.
Lynxmotion components and custom shell on a Bipedal robot.

 
Johnny 5

Johnny 5 Mods
Author: Andrew Alter
Johnny 5 physical mods, and pico-ITX with WiFi control.

 
Servo Brackets

Walking Stick Hexapod
Author: Ragu Solai
Images and description of the Walking Stick Hexapod.
"MORAV" tv show
Author: Grant Imahara, Fon Davis
Servo Erector Set components used in prop for a new sci-fi show.
Servo Bracket 3DOF Quadrapod
Author: Shawn Nash
3DOF quadrapod made from servo brackets, with C IK for 3DOF legs.
 
Sumo Robots
Tracked Sumo Bot
Author: Michael Brodeur (aka ruedorb)

Pictures and information for a small tracked robot.
RC Sumo/Battle Robot
Author: Jim Frye

In depth article illustrating different drive train and control methods for small RC robots.
Crash -n- Burn Middleweight Sumo Robot
Author: Jim Frye

Dated but informative article on making a middleweight autonomous sumo robot.
Measure Sumo Tire Compression
Author: Jim Frye
How-To measure tire compression on foam rubber tires.
T28-Angler
Author: Pleasant Robotics Club
1st place winner! Autonomous Mini Sumo Robot based on the Stomper chassis.
Cheeky-san
Author: Mike Dvorsky
1st place winner! 3kg Autonomous Sumo Robot based on the Stomper chassis.
Autonomous vs RC
Author: Al Mire
Two Sumo robots using the OOPic controller.
Mr. Roboto
Author: Todd Fendt
1st place winner! Heavyweight Sumo Robot based on the Terminator chassis.
Argus
Author: Jeff Robertson
4th place winner! 3kg Autonomous Sumo Robot based on the Terminator chassis.
Overkill
Author: Jim Frye
1st place winner! Heavyweight Autonomous Sumo Robot based on the Terminator chassis.
6-Pack
Author: Jim Frye
Lightweight (Mini-Sumo) Autonomous Sumo Robot.
Shunji
Author: Derek Cowburn
Sumo robot based on the Predator chassis.
Strong-Bad
Authors: Chris Ash and Jonathan Harrell
Heavyweight sumo robot based on the Terminator chassis.
Phantom
Author: Dave Hylands
3kg sumo robot based on the Viper chassis.
Pneumo
Author: Richard Lewis
Pneumatic sumo robot; Beetle weight using Lynxmotion Viper chassis.
 
Combat Bots
Build a Battle Box
Author: Jim Frye

Step-by-step instructions on building your own battle box.
Combat Bots
Author: Rob Purdy
Ant and Beetle weight Combat Bots using Lynxmotion motors and wheels.
Combat Bots
Author: John Carioti
Ant and Beetle weight Combat Bots using Lynxmotion motors and wheels.
 
Other Competitons
Tri-C Mini-Bot Competition: Battle of the Mini-Bots
Author: Norman Johnson
A program that connects math, science and technology in an “applied” manner.
Robot Ramble Competition
Author: Jason Q
An entry in the 2005 Robot Ramble competition for the Science Olympiad.
 
Batteries
Short Guide on Charging Batteries
Author: Jim Frye

Charging batteries, and general battery tips.
 
Photography
Take Professional-Looking Robot Photos
Author: Jim Frye

Tips and tricks for the aspiring robot photographer.
 
Servos
Modify a Hitec HS-422 for continuous rotation
Author: Jim Frye

Complete illustrated procedure for modifying an HS-422 servo for continuous rotation.
Make a Monster Servo
Author: Jim Frye

Make a very powerful servo from inexpensive off the shelf components.
 
Remote Control
Modify the Hitec Laser 4 to use the internal mixer
Author: Jim Frye

Illustrated guide to modifying the radio to make left and right channels provide positive pulses for forward. This is not necessary if your speed controller is truly proportional in forward and reverse.
Modify the Hitec Laser 6 to use the internal mixer
Author: Jim Frye

Illustrated guide to modifying the radio to make left and right channels provide positive pulses for forward. This is not necessary if your speed controller is truly proportional in forward and reverse.
 
Plastics
Tips and Tricks for Working with Lexan
Author: Jim Frye

Illustrated guide for removing the protective coating, sanding and finishing, painting, and general care for Polycarbonate.
Dye Your Robot's Nylon Wheels
Author: Jim Frye

Just follow these simple steps to color your Nylon rims and parts with normal RIT clothing dye.
 
Pneumatics
Make an easy pneumatic system with a Rolling Pump
Author: Jim Frye

Extremely easy (not extremely powerful) method of making a push/pull pneumatic system.
 
Vehicle Motion
Lynxmotion Wheel Speed / RPM / Diameter Calculator
Author: Beth Frye

A Javascript-powered calculator to find the wheel speed, motor RPM, or wheel diameter.
 
Wiring
Make Connectors
Author: Jim Frye

Guide to making connectors.