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squire strahan Jun 08, 2008, 08:01pm EDT Report Abuse


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Sean Costello Jun 08, 2008, 08:24pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: pure genius
thats incredible.

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john albrich Jun 09, 2008, 05:18pm EDT Report Abuse
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Interesting. The iso-distant hip he invented is something that will likely prove technologically useful, but the beach walking "animals"???...very high maintenance. The impact of salts, mineral deposits, and sand on the joints alone will "kill" one fairly quickly. I certainly can't picture them withstanding typical high winds found at many beaches.


A major (intentional?) bias in his presentation...

He over-simplified the "new wheel" statements especially the comment about how the 'old' wheel must contact all the intervening points. That was not an accurate statement.

A rotating "wheel" does not have to consist of a continuous circumferential band about the axis...a simple wheel too, can consist of isolated pads or "feet", thereby achieving much the same effect and avoiding the problem he identified. (to picture this, think of a simplified bicycle kind of spoke system with pads on the end instead of a 100% connected tube) NASA and other agencies have examined this type of wheel for robotic explorers.


Dr. Peaceful Jun 09, 2008, 05:35pm EDT Report Abuse
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Neat. Walks very life like. But, is there a practical use for these "things"?

Sean Costello Jun 09, 2008, 05:39pm EDT Report Abuse
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Dr. Peaceful said:
Neat. Walks very life like. But, is there a practical use for these "things"?



Not at all lol

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squire strahan Jun 09, 2008, 05:46pm EDT Report Abuse
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i just found it interesting that these thing are made out of pc tubes, zipties and plastic bottles. and they run of of air and water presseur. and can run of of that for years.

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TamTheBam Jun 09, 2008, 06:04pm EDT Report Abuse
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Here's some other fascinating inventions... German to be precise.

The Aqua Jelly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_PIj5qbQ2Q&feature=related

And the Festo Air Jelly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_citFkSNtk

Seen this on the Gadget Show on Sunday morning.

....I'm back, but only as a part-timer... :)
Sean Costello Jun 09, 2008, 06:09pm EDT Report Abuse
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Tam the Bam said:


Thats awesome :D

I also found they made a mantaray too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxPzodKQays

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john albrich Jun 09, 2008, 06:13pm EDT Report Abuse
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squire strahan said:
i just found it interesting that these thing are made out of pc tubes, zipties and plastic bottles. and they run of of air and water presseur. and can run of of that for years. squirestrahan.com

PVC, many zipties, and some plastic bottles will break down extremely quickly in sunlight.

I've used both in marine applications, and PVC and many zipties become brittle and will break within months. I've seen super-flexible zip-ties literally "snap" apart into multiple pieces after less than a year of intermittent exposure to the sun on a boat.

Some plastic bottles are fairly durable under UV exposure, but combined with constant pressurization/de-pressurization, they might fail fairly quickly as well.

But, it looks like all it will take is one component of many to fail and the whole thing stops.

Gerritt Jun 09, 2008, 08:02pm EDT Report Abuse
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Wow, this is a mechanical engineering accomlishment that harkens back to the early 1900's or late 1800's.
I love his incorporation of Binary Coded Decimal (BCD) as well as physical feedback devices in order to acertain elevated levels of change in order to trigger a differential response to conditions. This harkens back to the the mechanical implementations of binary computing and robotics started by Babbage and Lovelace in the late 19th century. Something that needs to be re-examined in the present.
He's re-defined what computers are on a macro level, and this can be used on a micro level for nano-machines.

Good going! Get this guy more money!

Gerritt

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B Jun 15, 2008, 11:31am EDT Report Abuse
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Very interesting engineering.

I wonder how much time and money was invested into that project.



 

    
 
 

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