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An ecosystem of hardware and software is simplifying the programming and development of robotics functionality.

Vincross, a consumer robotics company based in China, has announced a new six-legged robot called HEXA. The device runs on the MIND operating system, which is based on the Linux kernal and has been adapted to run customizable routines for the robot.

HEXA comes with a wide variety of built-in sensors to help it move around, which also includes a camera and distance sensor. Users can control HEXA with a smartphone, and because of its unique design, it’s easily able to clamber over uneven terrain or even climb stairs. The robot is also clever enough to climb objects automatically, meaning that the user doesn’t have to control the individual legs to do it.

As impressive as its design is, the really innovative feature of HEXA is that it’s completely programmable. The robot comes with a development kit that encourages the user to create unique routines and programmes for it. These can then be uploaded to an online store to share with the HEXA community. Vincross hope that, over time, the community will transform HEXA into an adaptable device with a wide range of uses. With its comprehensive ecosystem of robotic hardware and software, the Beijing-based company is simplifying the programming of robotics and making them more accessible to all tech enthusiasts.

There’s plenty going on in the world of robotics. There’s a robot home assistant that can patrol your house for you while you’re away, and an ingenious snake-like robot can be used to inspect and repair complex piping systems that humans wouldn’t be able to reach. As robotics appear to be advancing rapidly now, what areas do you think could be improved through robotic assistance?



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