Update: This limited edition item is no longer available. We are making room for the newer, second generation T8X!
If you're interested in this 3D printed version instead of the T8X, we may still be able to get you one; contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
T8 is a bio-inspired high resolution 3D printed robot that uses a total of 26 servo motors. It is powered by the Bigfoot™ Inverse Kinematics Engine.
The Bigfoot™ Inverse Kinematics Engine handles all the complex math calculations necessary for controlling multi-legged walking robots. All computations are safely hidden from the user in the form of a black box. This means that the user only has to send short and simple commands to the robot (for example, instructing it to walk forward at a desired speed) and the engine will automatically take care of all the details, including inverse kinematics, leg trajectory planning, leg gait coordination, motor control, etc. This makes it quite easy even for absolute beginners to play with advanced robotics.
Commands are sent and received via wireless XBee. Optionally, you can connect your own serial communication method with the provided Rx/Tx pins.
You can choose between pre-programming your own sequences or directly controlling the robot in real time with the wireless Robugtix™ Controller.
A Heavy Duty Protective Case for T8 is available for purchase as a separate accessory.
The T8 spider robot is shipped 98% pre-assembled and fully calibrated!
NOTE: Batteries are not included. Requires a single 4xAA 4.8V NiMH rechargeable battery pack. Complete details regarding power supply requirements are available in the documentation below.
The Robugtix™ Controller and wireless XBee modules are not included in this kit. These are highly recommended items to include along with the purchase of this kit since it is the easiest and most convenient way to communicate with the robot.
Posted by Unknown on 7th Mar 2014
As a robotics hobbyist and an engineer , I find this robot amazing, first of all , out of the box all you need to make it work is just a 4 cell NIMH battery and a USB connection to power the controller ,so if you have no idea how to program these multi-legged robots and trust me its not an easy task to do as you need to calibrate , work on the IK and wrap all that into a fail proof product is not an easy task at all, I can't imagine all the hours the programmers at Amoeba Robotics had to put to make this robot come to life ,The t8 has 3 types of gaits that you can easily switch between using the controller and its motion is so natural and organic that it might freak others out because it looks very realistic ,the only downside is that this robot frame is not the toughest and you must be very careful while handling it but other than that , I don't think there is any better looking or better programmed out of the box octopods out there and I would definitely recommend it to others.
Posted by David Strobel on 20th Oct 2013
From the second I opened the shipping box, I knew I had purchased a winner. The light weight was the first thing I noticed. I've been trying to build my own hexapod using a 3D printer, but never came close to balancing the body weight with the servo power. The T8 moves extremely well. It is extraordinarily fast and has a large repertoire of moves that make it very realistic. I sent Robugtix an email requesting more details regarding the batteries for the body. I received an immediate response that included a complete answer to my question and a detailed photo of the battery configuration. You don't expect that kind of service response from every company you deal with. I was so pleased with the product, I ordered a second controller. Good job Robugtix.