Inspired by toys

One of my kids mocked up this general design idea for a walking mech.  It does capture the essence of: two legs, cockpit and some actuators.  It doesn't have to be a lot more complex than that!

One of my kids mocked up this general design idea for a walking mech. It does capture the essence of: two legs, cockpit and some actuators. It doesn’t have to be a lot more complex than that!

We’ve all seen a walking robot toy at some point in our younger lives.  That something could use a hidden power source, like a mere wind up spring, yet still capture our attention is illustrative of our desire to see things function autonomously.  The first question we ask is – Can it walk on its own?  Then we wind it up, place it on the floor and wonder, mysteriously, where it will wander to.

Most of us never get past the mini-robot stage, though we may dream of having a life-sized companion in the future.  Others look forward to the time when ridable robots will be available for industrial tasks.

That’s where we are now.  Follow our blog to see how we put together a large, walking, ridable, bipedal, mech.

Leave your robot at the door – the ‘mechs’ are more an extension of the human body, a sort of evolution of other massive industrial machines like excavators and backhoes.  It’s going to be fun no matter how far we get…

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