With a celebrated reputation as an affordable, simple and fun-to-play DIY robot, the Insectbot breed has now evolved to its second generation, the Insectbot Hexa.
The six-legged Insectbot Hexa is undoubtedly a bigger body build than its ancestors: 15% larger in size and 20% heavier in weight. This makes the Hexa the most powerful generation in Insectbot history: with three high quality 9g micro servos and four AAA batteries, Hexa walks confidently.
Smarter than Ever We've redesigned its code to make the robot smarter in motion and have improved capability in obstacle avoidance. However, it doesn't mean the codes are more difficult to read - you can still program your Insectbot with graphical language Ardublock, and spend some time tweaking it from head to toe. Improvisations and hacking is encouraged - we'd love to see more diversified Insectbots!
A Brave Heart The heart of Insectbot is the "world's smallest Leonardo", a.k.a. Beetle. Deriving its core comcept from minimalism without compromising functionality, the Beetle comes with Atmel AtMega32u4 (datasheet) @16MHz clock time and has expanded the amount of interfaces: 10 digital pins, 5 analog pins and 4 pwm pins. To make it more user-friendly, it's compatible with Micro-USB, so direct programming and testing is no longer a headache. Select "Arduino Leonardo (tools >board > Arduino Leonardo in Arduino IDE), the ATmega32U4 comes pre-burned with a bootloader that allows you to upload any new code that is applicable to Arduino Leonardo.