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LinuxFocus.org: Building a Linux-controlled walking robot

May 06, 2001, 19:29 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Guido Socher)

Robotics enthusiasts are probably familiar with Nitinol: an alloy that "remembers" its shape when heated electrically. It's the basis of the notorious"Stiquito" robots, which weigh mere ounces and get around on their own power. This LinuxFocus article shows how to build a Nitonol-based robot which, unlike the Stiquito, gets its marching orders via your Linux machine's parallel port.

The parts in the article are available from most electronic hobby shops, and you'll want some patience and need some soldering iron skill to complete this project: it's a little harder than a Mindstorm set.

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