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jeffery
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2001 9:12 am     Reply with quote
i mentioned a week ago that i had some robot reference pictures to scan and upload.

they're from a book called "RoboSapiens" that i got for xmas, and the book is AMAZING! a lot of the pictures are dark, or have really strange lighting, so they're not really suitable for me to scan & upload as reference pics.. but if you're interested in the subject, get this book!


has a lot of different structures that can be used in robot design


a robotic cockroach. very cool! take a look at all the hydraulics that power the legs. (the silver cylinders)

check out the knuckle joints and the cool pressed metal arm covering. looks like they use elastic fabric to help some of the fingers spring back into place.

not the best reference, but this picture was so cool i had to include it. makes me want to get into the auto trade!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2001 9:14 am     Reply with quote
yeah, but are the little red x's really good examples of robotics?

...sorry.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2001 9:43 am     Reply with quote
Wow, those are keen! If you were to draw every one of those, you would be...be..a genius! You could draw the best robots ever seen! and...awww, i'm not gunna do it, too lzy.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2001 10:01 am     Reply with quote
Those are really cool refs.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2001 10:14 am     Reply with quote
ah very cool henny, thank for the scans.

absinthe: theyre pretty big and take a while to load, patience grasshopper. haste leads to darkness, darkness leads to hate, hate leads to little red x's.. er.. yah



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jeffery
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2001 11:22 am     Reply with quote
i think they were still uploading when poor absinthe viewed the thread, mere seconds after i posted it. my fault.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2001 11:30 am     Reply with quote
That top robot is pretty old, oldest of these bunch of pics I would guess (just take a look at Honda's(?) stair-walking robot to get an idea of where we are really at in terms of advanced robotics - it can finally turn around by itself and only weighs around 200 pounds heavier than an average human)

That cockroach ain't going nowhere with all those hydraulics tubes stapling it to the table

The nicest thing in the hand pic is the hook it's holding. Dang, that hook has a nice finish on it!

Funny... the auto-industry robot on the bottom is the most advanced and programmable (and useful) of all the robots shown here. Notice how that is the only robot that does not resemble an animal or a person in it's entire form. Notice a trend about that...?

We are a long, long way from useful robots in the home. Don't believe what any show or article about the future tells you - it's all dreamy fluff, just like flying cars for the family (would you trust your neighbor with a garbage truck-sized rolling vehicle today even?). Too darn expensive to break into that consumer market... more expensive than microchips and automobiles put together.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2001 11:55 am     Reply with quote
Thanks for the great reference pics jeffrey! I'm going to have to try to find this book.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2001 1:47 pm     Reply with quote
sergenth - actually all 4 robots are from around the same timeframe. the book comes with detailed stats for each of the robots it features, and i was surprised that most of them looked like #1. (or even more primitive)

these clunky-looking robots seem to work much more functionally than things like honda's p-series robot. i deliberately chose to scan robots with less fancy-looking plastic covering up the cool gizmos, cuz they're better reference. hondas robot looks like a 4-foot tall astronaut.

anyways, agreed about non-humanoid robots being more realistic. that was one of the themes of the book, and they had pretty interesting arguments. the book features robot monkeys, dinosaurs, flamingos, geckos, insects, fish, etc etc..

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