The x-12 Cave Cricket is a robotic platform equipped with six appendages, four of which are mounted on the bottom of the robots chassis and two more that are side mounted. This configuration is meant to allow the robot's programmers freedom to experiment with different methods of movement. The x-12's chassis is also equipped with a forward mounted ping sensor for obstacle interaction/avoidance and a programmable LED light. The x-12 Cave Cricket was designed, fabricated, assembled and is currently being programmed by Caliper Industrial Design. Upon its completion this robot will hopefully act as an educational tool for those interested in robot automation.
The x-12 Cricket is the "little brother" of the x-12 Cave Cricket with the same chassis and the same mission goals. The difference between the two robots is that the x-12 Cricket is equipped with smaller appendages which reduces the robot's overall weight and size.
Upon completion the x-9 Minion will be a fully autonomous mobile robot whose mission is to traverse and explore its environment while interacting with the objects and beings it encounters, not unlike a household pet. The x-9 Minion features a forward mounted ping sensor and a unique tripodal design kept stable by the wide width of each of the robot's three feet. The x-9 Minion was designed, fabricated, assembled and is currently being programmed by Caliper Industrial Design.