Hexy – Open Source Low Cost Fully Articulating DIY Robot Kit

ArcBotics’ Hexy the Hexapod is a fully articulated hexapod robot kit that gives you a platform to explore advanced robotics, kinematics, and programming. Hexy has six legs, 19 servo motors and is powered by Arduino, while maintaining a price 4-10x less expensive than current hexapod robots.  Great for students 15+ and up exploring advanced robotics and kinematics and DIY enthusiasts looking for an open-source platform.

The robot

Hexy makes complex robotics less costly, easier to learn with the tutorials and documentation, while being radically more fun (and cute!). At the same time its built with completely open source hardware and software, making discovery and extension as easy as building it in the first place.

Use it to learn advanced robotics concepts like inverse kinematics, or use pre-built code to have it march to your bidding. Build it using the high-quality  picture filled tutorials, and it is ready to walk, play and dance with pre-built demos. Adding moves is as easy as opening and editing a text file, and moves are easily share-able as simple text files.

Check out sample Hexy videos from the community here. Sample projects:  waving, belly flop, crawling, dancing to Saturday Night Fever and Thriller, doodling a house.

Hexy has been featured on Engadget, Wired, New York Times, MAKE, and more. It launched on Kickstarter in 2012 raising $168,000 and since has been sold in over 50 countries.

Hexy dances and shows its range of movements

Hexy is

  • Low cost, 1/10th the price of other hexapod kits
  • Easy to program more functionality. Arduino micro controller, Python move generator/controller.  Moves as text files
  • Easy to assemble. Full step-by-step tutorials, geared towards the high school level and above
  • Completely Arduino-compatible. The Servotor32 controller uses the same chip as the Arduino Leonardo
  • Ready to dance immediately once built.  Comes with demo moves pre-available
  • Completely Open-Source. Code, Laser cutter DXF/STL/SLDWRKS files, electronics board files, everything. Go nuts.

Your kit includes

  • Everything needed to build the kit, even the screwdriver
  • 7 bags of blue acrylic laser-cut pieces (1 extra set of legs)
  • 20 servos (18 for legs, 1 for eyes, 1 extra)
  • Ultrasonic distance sensor eyes
  • Full Arduino-based Servotor32 robot controller capable of controlling up to 32 Servos
  • All the screws and nuts you need to assemble the kit, with extras
  • Bluetooth module that plugs straight into the Servotor32 robot controller
  • USB cable
  • 2 battery holders and cables

Complete assembly video

More Information

Guide to getting started with Hexy

Hexy in the press

Hexy’s source files on Github