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Tales From the Design Trenches: My Four-Legged Failure

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rick merritt
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Cool, but crazy?
rick merritt   8/18/2013 7:21:50 PM
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I had never heard of these mechanical robots before. I found them fascinating (and I love the Mahler soundtrack).

But I wonder, what real use could these things have? I can imagine there must be lots of blooper footage of them going awry, walking into the ocean or whatever.

 

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Re: Cool, but crazy?
JeremySCook   8/18/2013 7:35:18 PM
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Ha, you're probably correct about there being some blooper footage somewhere.  We all like to put our best foot forward I suppose :)

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Re: Cool, but crazy?
Caleb Kraft   8/19/2013 8:27:45 AM
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Years ago I discovered Theo Jansen and saw several videos which included footage of them "dying" as they fell apart or got stuck on things.

He believes in evolving his designs, so he takes tem out and lets them fail. He'll release several at a time with different aspects and only continue to use the aspects of the ones that live longest. It is pretty interesting.

 

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I've always wanted to build one of those
Caleb Kraft   8/19/2013 9:16:07 AM
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I love these things. I've always wanted to build 2 rideable ones. One version that has many many small legs and I sit on it like a chair. The other would be a replica of his giant one that you get a glimpse of in that video.

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Re: Cool, but crazy?
Max The Magnificent   8/19/2013 10:49:22 AM
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I've got a model version on my desk -- a slight breeze will drive the propeller that plwers the legs -- it looks really creepy when it's walking -- they really are amazing creatures...

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Re: Cool, but crazy?
Caleb Kraft   8/20/2013 9:19:26 AM
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yeah that is one thing that is so wild about his designs. He has one the size of several elephants that he pulls around on his own.

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