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Flora is a fun little robot designed to keep its plant companion safe and happy. Flora seeks out bright light to ensure its plant gets enough sunlight. Ultrasonic sensors help to detect and avoid obstacles, a light sensor lets Flora know where to plop down and let the plant soak in some light. Flora uses the vorpal hexapod software and can easily be programed with a scratch extension.
You will need to upload the vorpal code on the arduino nanos. Using the arduino IDE, upload the gamepad code on one nano and the robot code on the other. From there, the servos will clip right into the hips and legs. The servo horns should be placed in the hips and not on the servos when you connect them. Refer to the diagram to wire the servos to the appropriate pins on the servo driver.
The platform is very limited on space. I found the best way to fit everything is to zip-tie the servo wires together and then zip-tie the servo driver to the robot body. The ardduino nano can fit in the cover behind the ultrasonic sensor. The bluetooth module can fit inside of the wires of the servo driver.
Reference the vorpal hexapod wiki for wiring diagrams and all other kinds of amazing instructions. The vorpal hexapod was the inspiration and backbone of this build, however I felt the vorpal body was a little too large and cumbersome for something like Flora. http://vorpalrobotics.com/wiki/index.php/Vorpal_The_Hexapod_Assembly_Instructions
Hip and leg diagram
Scratch programing for obstacle avoidance and light reaction.
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