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Walking robot - very cool, despite the headlights being in its knees... Answered

This chap has home-built a Jansen-style walker. It's a well-made video as well.


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Goodhart (author)2007-12-18

Fantastic; but how would you like to meet a cow sized version of that in a dark alley ? ! LOL That would be creepy....

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Kiteman (author)Goodhart2007-12-19
Is this one large enough for you?


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ledzep567 (author)Kiteman2007-12-19

is that a boat motor on the back????? and was it just me or did it look like it had extremely bad traction? I bet the military has contacted him about that wanting to buy it or something. If i built something like that and they wanted to buy it id be like"nope!!!!!!, tomorrow im installing the napalm launcher and the blast shields" then my workshop would probly end up removed from the surface of the earth and all paper and memory storing devices of me and everyone i talk to being destroyed. and tthhheeennnnnnn I would sue the shit out of the military and with the spoils i receive i would create my own army dedicated to making flying, swimming running and climbing spider robot things.

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Kiteman (author)ledzep5672007-12-20

I have no idea what the motor is, but there are links with the video on YouTube that you can use to ask.

The worst-looking traction is when they are turning - one set of feet has to slip, or it wouldn't turn at all. I suppose you could put rubber treads on the feet, but I think they'd where out quickly and it wouldn't sound half as impressive.

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gmoon (author)Kiteman2007-12-20

Not all that different in that respect than standard tracks (bulldozer, tank, etc.) They couldn't turn without slippage.

This would tear up the road surface in a similar way, too. Maybe more, in proportion to the weight of the vehicle (less surface area than tracks.)

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Kiteman (author)gmoon2007-12-20

A lot less weight than a tank, though. Modern tanks run at around 70T - this thing (checks links) is just over half a tonne. The feet don't move as far sideways in a turn either, the stride being just 60cm compared to the 8 or 9 metres of a tank-tread.

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gmoon (author)Kiteman2007-12-20

Yep. And a tank weights a lot more than a bulldozer. Love to see one of these at military fighting weight... (ala "Wild, Wild West" or "Star Wars"-- just a mechanical daydream...sigh..)

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ledzep567 (author)gmoon2007-12-20

well i didnt mean using the walker as a fighting device, more like a "oh shit i broke my leg, get me the hell out of here" device and now that i think about it, i see what you mean about one leg slipping. it just looks like its messing up too the untrained eye lol

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gmoon (author)ledzep5672007-12-21

well i didnt mean using the walker as a fighting device

When I read this, I had a vision of a battalion of grandmas with assault rifle-equipped walkers....

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2007-12-20

I wonder if extendable "rollers" would work on the "dragging" feet ?

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Kiteman (author)Kiteman2007-12-20

>doh<

...wear out quickly...

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2007-12-19

Ah, with size comes a weakness ! Run around behind it, and you could get away before it ever got turned around LOL

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ledzep567 (author)2007-12-18

w.o.w. in the beginning of the movie it look alot bigger hahahah thats crazy though

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Lftndbt (author)2007-12-18

That's fantastic! Now to build one large enough to rid in... ROFL

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Kiteman (author)Lftndbt2007-12-18

I can't access google at school (filtered), but if you search for (I think) redneck spider, you'll find one, plus there's a thread here somewhere...

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Wow! That is pretty cool, I wish I could think up a mechanism like that.

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royalestel (author)2007-12-13

Gotta admit, that is pretty awesome! Love the way it slows down as if thinking. Would like to know what his behavior/seeking code is. Very nice!

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Kiteman (author)royalestel2007-12-13
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royalestel (author)Kiteman2007-12-13

Oh. Right I did see that in the electronics test, didn't I? Well, that's my third stupid comment/question of the day. Only 97 to go!

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guyfrom7up (author)2007-12-13

This is the first time I ever saw how the walking mechanism worked, very cool!

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KentsOkay (author)2007-12-13
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chooseausername (author)2007-12-13

As soon as an automaton imitate the way animals or insect walk/swim/fly/move, and it becomes impressive =o)

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Kiteman (author)chooseausername2007-12-13

I've contacted him and invited him here - imagine how popular a proper 'ible of this 'bot would be!

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