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sporting a camera and AI module, the XR R1 hexapod executes an impressive range of tasks – Designboom

 
Chinese AI and robotics platform Shenzhen XiaoR Geek Technology recently launched its latest creation on Kickstarter: the XR R1 Hexapod, with an all-metal body, built-in camera, and AI module. The bionic, six-legged robot is designed with ‘a high degree of maneuverability that provides versatility of movements and actions, and can nimbly handle different environments and terrain,’ explains the company. With such flexible qualities, the Hexapod can be used by any tech enthusiast — from beginners to pros — and is easily controlled with a smartphone, PC, or gamepad. 
sporting a camera and AI module, the XR R1 hexapod executes an impressive range of tasksimages & GIFs courtesy of Shenzhen XiaoR Geek Technology 
 
 
 
Crawling along like a spider, the XR R1 Hexapod can nimbly execute a 360° motion. Couple that with its 12 pre-programmed movements, the robot becomes ‘an incredible tool for robotic demonstration and performance,’ writes the team at Shenzhen XiaoR Geek Technology. Actions the Hexapod can engage in include: warming up, running away, turning around, and provoking. XR R1 is also fitted with 18 high-performance servos and bionic features, allowing it to conquer almosy any kind of terrain — from flat to more complex inclinations and textures.
sporting a camera and AI module, the XR R1 hexapod executes an impressive range of tasks
high-degree of maneuverability 
 
 
 
More importantly, the six-legged crawler can perform different tasks thanks to its Quad-core ARM [email protected] GHz processor, Robot-Eye 3.0 camera, and AI programming source. On the one hand, ‘using a powerful AI system, XR R1 is capable of face recognition, color recognition, QR code recognition, line tracking and more,‘ continues the team. On the other hand, fitted with the Python and C++ programming languages, the Hexapod serves as an open-source device that tech-savvy users can customize and program any way they like, offering infinite configurations. 
sporting a camera and AI module, the XR R1 hexapod executes an impressive range of tasks
benefits of the Robot-Eye 3.0 camera
 
 
Ensuring that any techie — proficient or not — gets to enjoy the device, the company is offering three different versions of its XR Hexapod: the R1 Kickstarter Special Edition (starting at $899), the basic E1 model (for $699), and finally the advanced J1 Jetson Nano ($1,899). Mass production is expected to begin in January 2023, with the first shipping orders set for February 2023. 
sporting a camera and AI module, the XR R1 hexapod executes an impressive range of tasks
the robot integrates 12 pre-programmed movements 
 
 
For those interested, a user manual is available to download here. Additionally, a complete list of technical specifications for each proposed model (E1, R1, and J1) is detailed on the product’s Kickstarter page. The team has also pointed out a few risks and challenges related to shipping logistics (custom fees and regulations) and the possibility of a few ‘hidden obstacles‘ that may surface during production. 
sporting a camera and AI module, the XR R1 hexapod executes an impressive range of tasks
 
sporting a camera and AI module, the XR R1 hexapod executes an impressive range of tasks
bionic features give it great adaptability
sporting a camera and AI module, the XR R1 hexapod executes an impressive range of tasks  
 
 
 
project info:
 
name: XR R1 Hexapod 
other models: XR E1 and XR J1 Jetson Nano 
design: Shenzhen XiaoR Geek Technology Co., Ltd.
size: 350 x 350 x 250 mm
weight: 3.2 kg
drive form: Multi-foot drive 
mainboard: Raspberry PI 4B
processor: Quad-core ARM [email protected] GHz
camera: Robot-Eye 3.0, 200 Million Pixels
ports: USB 2.0 Micro-B, GPIO, 12C, 12s, SPI, UART
battery: 8.4V, 400mAh
steering engine: XR-S270
programming language: Python, C++
material: Aluminum, stainless steel 
full list of specs: Available on Kickstarter 
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