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Phasma - biomimetics as art Answered


On the face of it, Phasma is just another hexapod robot.

Get a bit closer, though, and see an interesting difference: it has cable-actuated legs.  Driven the same way as bicycle brakes, they have rubber "knees" to redirect the basic pushing action into useful motion.

Speaking of the motion...

The whole thing is mechanical in the extreme, but the bouncing cable-drives and scurrying action are very "live".  If this thing ran across my floor, I'd swat it in no short order.

Takram Engineering via Notcot.






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DehLeprechaun

8 years ago

epic do you know if theres a way that the cables don't have to be so long? that would look better and it would get snagged on less.
JUST so im clear; ME WANT!!!!1!!!! :p

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KitemanDehLeprechaun

Reply 8 years ago

I think, if the cables were any shorter, they would curve too tightly to work.

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I3uckwheat

8 years ago

Now to only make it remote controlled.

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KitemanI3uckwheat

Reply 8 years ago

I think it is - that wire trails, but does not seem to connect to anything.

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NachoMahmaKiteman

Reply 8 years ago

. heehee First thought I had when I saw it was "What a tacky antenna."

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KentsOkayNachoMahma

Reply 8 years ago

yeah, looks like what came on my miniature remote control car.

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I3uckwheatKiteman

Reply 8 years ago

maby i just thought it ran around like a bristle bot.

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KentsOkay

8 years ago

Pretty cool but...

>adds Mini Insectoid Killer Robot subset to the Killer Robot heading on his Oh Crap List

Why the big cable loops?

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CrLz

8 years ago

Damn thing looks like a face hugger. Sweet locomotion idea however. Being creepy (no pun intended), never looked so smooth.

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V-Man737

8 years ago

Nice! I was hoping that transition part would be followed with "Here are some practical jokes we tried out with the robot."

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Jayefuu

8 years ago

Phasinating. :)