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iC HexapodMatt Denton
Aluminium, acrylic, servo motors, control electronics, custom software
iC is a hexapod (six-legged) robot that can spot people's faces in a crowd, follow them around, interact with them and capture their image. Its head contains a lens that zooms in and out and photo blink shutter, while all the time searching for a human face. When it sees one, it locks on and tracks it. The 'face' of the iC robot visibly follows the face of the human that is looking back at it. The robot then takes a picture of the subject and uploads it directly to its website (www.hexapodrobot.com).
iC can find multiple faces in a crowd and will usually latch on to the largest first and, once it has taken and published a picture of it, move to the next-largest face and so on. Each of iC's six legs has three servos. It also has two servos to move its head, one to work the photo blink shutter and a stepper motor to work a zoom lens. Every servo is connected to an on-board processor (a 'p.Brain') which controls all of the leg and body locomotion functions. A secondary computer (a 'CvPC'), connected to the CCD eye, is used for vision and communicates with the p.Brain via a serial link.
Acknowledgements: Products (inc. p.Brain, CvPC) and services (inc. CNC Routing) from Micromagic Systems, and OpenCV library from Intel.
iC Hexapod photo: Nathan Gallagher
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