Challenges in Building a GONK Power Droid

December 6, 2016 – Ever wanted to build your own GONK power droid?

As the following video from Southampton UK design engineer James Bruton shows, the simple act of walking isn’t so simple after all. Still, it’s fascinating to see how he addresses the myriad of challenges in this 11-part (and growing) series of robotics videos on how to build a GNK Power Droid.

A previous video (part 10) discusses adding cosmetics, 3D printed moving parts and a leg-splitting mechanism for the walking robot:

To see James Bruton’s other robotics projects, visit his website at The site is broadly organized into project areas, such as AI brain building, cosmetics and sounds, sensors and sensing, and various builds (BB-8, Gonk, Iron Man, Mantis Robot, etc.)

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