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   HEXOR®, the mobile didactic robot, forms a unique combination of a six-legged platform, driven by means of DC servo-mechanisms, with a modern microprocessor controller and a set of sensors and data acquisition systems from the robot's environment.

The User has at his disposal the basic software controlling the robot. The basic advantages of the control software comprise:

  • ease in modifying the robot's functions on different levels,
  • possibility of its development by adding user functions.

Basing on the supplied software in BASIC, the user may create his own programs in assembler or C language.

The control software gives the user access to elementary robot functions:

  • determination of the direction of movement,
  • possibility of measuring the distance from the obstacle,
  • possibility of measuring robot's environment temperature,
  • switching on or switching off additional peripheral equipment mounted on the robot.

The robot is of modular construction, therefore it is possible to add new modules, e.g. a compass, a motion detector, a light intensity sensor, different gas concentration sensors and noise level intensity sensors to the already existing modules responsible for registration, processing and transmission of sensory impressions.

The control panel with image from HexorThe existing control software enables transmission of pictures from the camera situated on the robot's body to the PC computer screen. It is possible to equip the robot with a cordless camera operating in the LAN local network, WAN or GSM.

The robot can play the role of a mobile internet camera, controlled from the browser level. In case of transmitting pictures to a more powerful stationary computer, there will soon be a possibility of robot control based on processing images coming from the HEXOR®-mounted camera.

HEXOR® has been equipped with an infrared light, which enables it to see in conditions of complete darkness. This technology has significant development prospects, which will only increase together with the computational capabilities of personal computers. In addition, the robot can be provided with a voice recognition system. The machine reaction may also be supplemented by the emission of voice announcements. Their range depends on the range of applied processor.

The pan-till cameraThe robot is controlled from the PC computer level by means of a radio link. The reach of the link ranges from more than a dozen meters in a building to several dozen or even several hundred meters in open space. The user can control HEXOR® by means of the attached software.

The User has the possibility of creating his own operating software on a personal computer, if he disposes of the application design environment such as Visual Basic or Delphi, or by using the programming tools added to the robot. Therefore, robot's operation can be controlled in many ways - the machine's possibilities are limited only by its user's imagination.

HEXOR® was made by Stenzel Ltd. within the framework of a study project at the Electrical Faculty of the Technical University of Silesia. It is a didactic instrument that uses the latest scientific achievements. HEXOR®'s greatest advantages are low price and considerable adaptation possibilities to the particular specific requirements of small companies, schools and research institutions. The robot can be applied in university laboratories, mainly due to its extensive possibilities and very competitive price as compared with other products in the didactic robot category.

A unique teaching program, designed for technical secondary schools with electric, computer science or mechatronics profile of studies is currently being created on the basis of HEXOR®. Thanks to its use the students will be able to observe the effects of their previous theoretical study. The programming work will be verified not only on a computer screen, but predominantly in a real world environment, in the form of movements and interactions with the robot. Beside the new didactic program for the subject of robotics, there is a great possibility of using the robot as a teaching aid within the framework of existing teaching subjects such as: physics, electronics, digital technology, microprocessor technology and mechatronics. HEXOR® makes an excellent platform for boosting creativity of students, rousing their inventiveness, enabling quick realization of their ideas. This machine will allow students to compete by organizing robot contests or battles. The use of totally safe and generally available laser indicators gives the possibility of "fencing" by means of two HEXOR® type representatives. Programming the robot in such a way so that it finds an exit out of a labyrinth as quickly as possible, is also a challenge for future engineers from the IT branch. Group games such a ball or robot fights are becoming an increasingly more popular entertainment. In spite of obvious analogies to real sports, it is in fact a refined challenge between the developers of these devices.

The created equipment platform has several development possibilities. In future it can be transformed into a professional service robot. Machines of this type can be used by disabled persons. Another potential area of using mobile robots is to support guards watching over people or property.

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Standard HEXOR® II set configuration:

Mobile base Six legs, spherical foots – easing motion on different types of surface,
DC servo based propulsion ,
Metal framework,
Length: 47 cm,
Width: 48 cm,
Height: 35 cm,
Ground clearance: 5 cm,
Weight: 4.9 kg,
Motion speed: 10 cm/s.
Camera headTwo degrees of freedom Pan 180°, tilt 180°.
Main boardHEX-MB-3 - three microcontrollers with flash type program memory, control up to seven DC servos, operation of dedicated ultrasonic sensors, infrared proximity detectors and tactile sensors, bidirectional, digital wireless radio transmission through dedicated module, onboard digital thermometer, real time clock, data FLASH memory, thirteen expansion slots for connection with digital or analog sensors and signal or actuating module.
Communication with peripheral devices through I2C, RS 232 or RS 485 interfaces.
Controlled output of 12V/250 mA for powering additional peripheral devices.
Infrared proximity detectors moduleHEX-SENS-3 - four zones covering the angle of 120°, operation of up-to three additional 30° angle sensors. One additional sensor included.
Tactile sensors module2x BS-switch, obstacle detection during forward or backward motion or during turnings, operation as normally closed or normally open contacts.
Ultrasonic range meter moduleSRF 04 - obstacle detection range 3 cm to 3m.
Radio base moduleHEX-RMB-1 - bidirectional, digital transmission, USB interface to host computer, frequency 433 MHz, range 30-300 m.
Radio mobile moduleH3-MRF - bidirectional, digital transmission, serial interface to microcontroller, frequency 433 MHz, range 30-300 m.
Audio-Video transmission module2.4 GHz, 4 channels, 12V
CameraCCD Color, wide-angle lens.
Audio-Video receiver module 2.4 GHz, 4 channels, 12V
Audio-Video module power supply12 V, 500 mA
TV tuner card PCI
Battery3,2 Ah
ChargerCharging time approx. 3 h.
SoftwareBASCOM – BASIC language compiler,
HEXOR® II Control Panel,
USB port driver.

We also offer sets configured according to Customer special requirements!

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