Let's Make Robots!

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Why not to nuke a frozen pizza?

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In line with a profound scientific principle to disclose failures as well as successes, I present you with the ghastly results of an inadvertent culinary experiment in my gastrolab this evening.

Notice the total incongruity of the specimen prepared by means of magnetron (720 kJ over a period of 900 seconds) with the aspired result as documented by my esteemed colleague Herr Dr August Oetker.

Theo Jansen style robot leg: prototypes #4 and #5

Continuing where I left off (after a stiff binary interruption)...

This picture compares prototype #2 with an angled profile version:

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The angled "L-profile" introduces a new property in the design: chirality. All of a sudden, it matters which direction you want to fold the joints. Compare the symmetric #2 on the right:

Theo Jansen style robot leg: prototype #2 and #3

I started tinkering with "Theo Jansen legs" again (follow the link first if you don't know what that means).

I am prototyping in corrugated cardboard and trying to come up with a design that could be produced in large numbers (six at least) in plywood.

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Theo Jansen style robot leg: prototype #1

For my dreamed symbiotic robots, I am looking for an alternative locomotion. For the passive robot (the trailer) anyway. The active tractor probably needs tracks. I heard Theo Jansen say on TED (improving on the wheel, 4 minutes into the video) that his design for a legged creature is (theoretically) more energy efficient than wheels or tracks.