Let's Make Robots!

The Headhunter

Studies in alternative ways of moving - offering more creativity, unseen posebilities and new challenges


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UPDATE: Next step here

UPDATE: New video, some studies :)


Quote from the shoutbox:

Addy:No offence, but that headhunter seems a bit idiotic to me. It's not even a robot, it has no logic at all, it's just a couple of arms stuck on motors to flop it forward.

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Ahahahaaa.. this is / was a laugh to me :D Some finding this the most idiotic thing, insulting almost, and some rating it 5 stars :D

So, I thought I'd put some more words on it:

  • Yes, for crying out loud, it is only a stick with some motors and curly arms and a balancing thing at the back :D
  • Is it "a robot" - well not really.. but then again, check what inspired it, links below for high resolution, and I have inserted one video here to the right for your convenience.

What happened was that I saw these videos, and I had some Polymorph. So far I have only dealt with "legs", treads/tracks & wheels, and I thought I'd just try something - without fear of being lame, just doing it. I put it together in the time it took the Polymorph to be moulded - the wires aren't even soldered, just twisted together..

The "tale" came in as second part, I could see that the thing needed it, and with the polymorph it was just a matter of slinging some stuff around it, cool down, done :)

At first I myself thought it was a bit funny and nothing more. Then I was amazed to find that:

  • It can move very well in the most bumpy conditions; it lifts itself over stuff, marbles, dunes, grass, chunks of wood. Better than any robot I have ever made in that size.
  • It cannot be turned upside down; When it falls, it just flips over, and starts to move.
  • It can be steered; If left "arm" is a bit ahead of right "arm", it turns to the right, and vice versa. When they are in sync it moves ahead, and when they are completely opposite of each other it is also moving ahead, but very slow.

Since all this inspired me, I thought I'd just share it with you, perhaps it would also inspire you.

That is all there is to it; it is fun and inspiring to me - idiotic or not, a robot or not.

As a "bonus" I realized that when an object (like the "head's" neck) is in front of it, it tends to guide the object by "dribbling" it ahead of it. It looked really strange, so I thought I'd share it :)

I may make videos showing the more strange motions and unique capabilities, I may melt it and make something new.. But I will share it when I think it is fun & inspiring, and I hope that you will do the same with your work and discoveries.. without fear.

It's just a laugh :)

Original post:

This may possibly be the strangest "robot-video" on LMR. Not much else to say..Let me know how this makes you feel. Chris the carpenter said "I want those 2 minutes of my life back". I imagine a world where there is lots of head-shaped styrofoam, and then I strive to make a creature that works well in that environment. Why can he not understand that?

- oh yes, it is basic research-kinda work inspired by this, and this, and the fact that Ant has send me one Kilo of Polymorph :D


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I dont think the video works mate
Yes it does.. in a minute :) It is always like that when a new video is up - Youtube / Google etc's servers has to wake up first. Wait a minute or 5..
the tentacles.... they are hypnotizing...

cool i wonder how it works?

nice work =] 

I cant help but think that you are making the robot version of the movie Cloverfeild.

But ... it ... why ... you think ? ... I ?

Speechless. I want that two minutes back PLUS the two minutes you stole from Chris.

WHAT!!  :D

Wait till you see the sequel, you will be amazed!! It is really pushing the head in that video! If only Google would be done processing!!

the words to describe that video are not utterable on an all ages friendly website :)

Thats some strange robot you just made there fritsl. i like it!

does it have any sensors?



Sensors? Erh.. well.. only on a para-sense level!