Getting Started

Segments

The primary component of the Make-A-Pede is the segment. There are two types of segments: head segments and body segments. The head segment is driven by a pair of DC motors with rubber rollers and has a 6xAA battery holder, a 9V battery holder, two antenna sensors, and two forward sensor mounting points (for distance sensors, cameras, display screens, etc.).

Head Segment
Sensor Mounting Points
(Designed to also fit 0.96" OLED displays)

Body segments can either be driven by a pair of DC motors with rubber rollers, or fitted with a pair of passive, non-motorized rollers. Each body segment has 4 mounting holes in a 50mm square that can be used to attach one module.

Segment With Motors
Segment With Rollers
 

Modules

Modules connect to the top of segments using the 4 mounting holes and can consist of a variety of different mechanical or electrical components.

Arduino Module
Motor Controller Module

Constructing A Complete Robot

Building a Make-A-Pede requires a minimum of three segments: a head segment, a body segment with a microcontroller module, and a body segment with a motor controller module. The standard kit also includes a segment with a mini breadboard and an empty segment. More segments can be added to give space for more modules.

The Software

All of the Make-A-Pede’s features can be easily programmed using the Arduino IDE and the Make-A-Pede programming library. An Android smartphone app allows the robot to be remote controlled via an HC-08 Bluetooth LE chip. The app will be expanded with more features in the future, and an iOS version is coming soon. All Make-A-Pede software can be found on Github.

 

Get the Parts

There are two ways you can get the parts to build your Make-A-Pede:

Since the Make-A-Pede is completely open-source, you can find or buy all of the off-the-shelf components and make your own laser cut and 3D printed parts. Our Plans page has a complete list of the components needed and the files for laser cutting 3D printing. We are currently working on adding a list of sources so that parts can be found very easily.

For those looking to get started quickly and easily, we are offering full kits and various Make-A-Pede components on our Store.

 

Build the Chassis

 
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Wire The Electronics

 
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Load a Program

 
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