It's been a while since I've posted anything but we've been busy here working on a new robot design. The main goals of the redesign are to make the robot more reliable and easier to build. The pushrod mechanism for the legs in the previous version put huge forces through a relatively small area causing the leg mounts to distort and giving the legs more give than is ideal. To fix this we've changed the design to use a belt drive and large carbon fibre tube for the main support. Following is picture of a prototype for the new leg design.
Another limitation of the old design was the minimum height it could walk at, this prevented the robot lowering its body to the ground which is useful for fall prevention as well as recovery. To give the legs more freedom they now are fixed on the side of the robot rather than under it as in the previous design. This design also simplifies the kinematics, and makes the design more efficient as there is now effectively one motor per joint.