What is it? Vorpal The Hexapod is about the coolest robot project there is. You get all the electronics, cables, servo motors from our kit. You 3D print the parts (6" cube build area minimum, easy ...Read More…
Vorpal The Hexapod is about the coolest robot project there is. You get all the electronics, cables, servo motors from our kit. You 3D print the parts (6" cube build area minimum, easy print with no supports) and build Vorpal and its Bluetooth gamepad, then the fun really starts!
I coached and taught robotics at the high school level for ten years. In my final year teaching, I was the advisor for a student doing an independent study on walking robots. We designed and built a simple 3D printed hexapod robot, the predecessor to Vorpal. Even though it was crude compared to the current project, everyone who saw it was enthralled. I knew this type of robot would be perfect to motivate students and adults alike to learn about robotics and technology. I worked to commercialize it and launched it on Kickstarter, where it was named a "Project We Love" by Kickstarter Staff (less than 3% of projects get that badge) and funded at over 200% of goal!
Vorpal was built for gaming and includes three games: Capture the Flag, Joust, and Fidget Spinner Challenge. Dozens of activities are documented on our website. This is not a project you build, run for half an hour, then put on a shelf. We have dozens of activities posted on our wiki and we're developing new attachments and new activities all the time.
But it's not just for fun, this robot was designed for education. We have a full NGSS cross referenced curriculum in development, and Vorpal the Hexapod supports the MIT Scratch drag-and-drop programming language for educational use. You can even create new leg motions using Scratch and upload them to the SD card in the gamepad for use during activities and games!
We made this project open source and published the Arduino source code on github, the STL files on Thingiverse, the 3D source models on OnShape, all public and available for your hacking pleasure!
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I have a master's degree in Computer Science from Rutgers University. I started my career at AT&T Bell Laboratories where I worked on the Unix system and became a Distinguished software engineer. I ventured out on my own and became a serial entrepreneur, starting and selling several companies. One of them, Fictionwise.com, was at one time the largest independent ebook company in the United States and was acquired by Barnes and Nobel in 2008. After that I taught AP Physics, Honors Robotics, and Discrete Math at the high school level and coached competitive robotics for ten years. I now develop open source projects full time, specializing in projects that combine 3D printed parts and electronics. I want to make it easy for Makers to build amazing, animated 3D projects with full ability to add their own hacks and mods.