Try the following serial commands in the serial monitor:
Only the position of the buttons matters, though those symbols can help you remember the functionalities. I’m going to define position related symbols to refer to those keys.
I’m using abbreviations for key definitions to reduce SRAM usage. Due to the limited keys of a physical remote, I always change the definitions for fun.
Rest puts the robot down and shuts down the servos. It's always safe to click it if Nybble is doing something AWKWARD. I’m serious. There are still some ghosts in the system I don’t fully understand.
Balance is the neutral standing posture. You can push Nybble from the side, or make it stand up will hind legs and tail. You can test its balancing ability on a fluctuating board. Actually balancing is activated in most postures and gaits.
Pressing F/L/R will make the robot move forward/left/right
B will make the robot move backward
Calibrate puts the robot into calibration posture and turns off the gyro
Stepping lets the robot step at the original spot
Crawl/walk/trot are the gaits that can be switched and combined with the direction buttons
Buttons after trot are preset postures or other skills
Gyro will turn on/off the gyro for self-balancing. Turning off the gyro can accelerate and stabilize the slower gaits. But it’s NOT recommended for faster gaits such as trot.
Lift Nybble at the middle of its spine so that all its legs can move freely in the air. Click all the buttons on the IR remote to see what they do. Then put Nybble on a wide flat table and try those buttons again. Different surfaces have different friction and will affect walking performance. The carpet will be too bushy for Nybble’s short legs. It can only crawl (command kcr) over this kind of tough terrain.
You can pull the battery pack down and slide along the longer direction of the belly. That will tune the center of mass, which is very important for walking performance. Otherwise, it may keep falling down.
When Nybble is walking, you can let it climb up/down a small slope (<10 degrees)
Whatever Nybble is doing, you can lift it vertically, and it will stop moving, just like a cat scruffed on the neck.