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Stiquito: Information about nitinol-propelled hexapod robots

Stiquito is a small (3cm H x 7cm W x 6cm L), simple (32 parts) and inexpensive (< $30) nitinol-propelled hexapod robot developed at the Indiana University (Bloomington) Robotics Laboratory. Its legs are propelled by nitinol actuator wires. Each leg has one degree of freedom. The robot walks up to 10 centimeters per minute and can carry a 9-volt cell, a MOSIS "tiny chip" and power transistors to drive the nitinol actuator wires. Nitinol wire (aka BioMetal, Flexinol), is a nickel-titanium alloy which exerts useful force as it is heated by passing a current through it. IUCS Technical Report 363a describes Stiquito's construction. This directory contains that report and related materials. A kit containing all the materials needed to construct a simple version of Stiquito and its controller is available for an extra $10 from the address below (use attn line "Stiquito Kit"). To receive a video showing the assembly of Stiquito, include an additional $10 and add "Video" to the "Attn:" line.
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   The tech report is also available by US mail for $5
   (checks or money orders should be made payable to
   "Indiana University").

Copying: Anyone may build and use Stiquitos in any quantity for educational or research purposes, but Indiana University reserves all rights to commercial applications. CD-ROM: Prime Time Freeware for AI, Issue 1-1 Mailing List: To join the Stiquito mailing list run by Jon Blow of UC/Berkeley, send mail to Author(s): Prof. Jonathan W. Mills Contact: Computer Science Department Attn: TR 363a 215 Lindley Hall Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana 47405 Keywords: Authors!Mills, BioMetal, Flexinol, Hexapod Robots, Indiana University, Nickel-Titanium, Nitinol, Robotics, Stiquito References: ?
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