Archive for October, 2010

2007 – Robot Ostrich – Konstantin Ivanov (Russian)

Russian walking mechanical ostrich x640 2007   Robot Ostrich   Konstantin Ivanov (Russian)

Robot Ostrich x640 2007   Robot Ostrich   Konstantin Ivanov (Russian)

Robot ostrich (android) inventor Konstantin Ivanov (Sirotina) from Elektrostal a towing machine with two manipulators (legs), equipped with a seat for the driver. Possible applications for the version of the inventor: Attraction (Jurassic Park robots ; races of robotic ostriches; competition live ostrich and the robot, 2) vehicle. The robot weighs 170 kg. and easily rolls an adult, even an imposing physique.

Konstantin Ivanov: "Our robot, the second in the world, demonstrated the full cycle of steps. This is such a step, when the center of gravity of the robot be imposed for the area of the foot and keeps the balance in this position a robot – is one of the toughest challenges in the design of walking robots. Cybernetics Company Honda – it was only by a huge development team, and for many millions dolllarov. We have done our android by several people in a normal city apartment – from scrap materials, in effect "on his knee." Prototype Robot, by definition, can not demonstrate all merits the attention of technology professionals walking robots, but is intended to prove that a group of associates can solve any design problem.
Robot ostrich was exhibited in 2007 at the Exhibition and Salon of Industrial Property "Archimedes-2007". И уже тогда был замечен. And even then was seen. But large-scale investment in this promising project by the inventor has not yet been achieved.

(see here for Russian language original).


Ivanov built this ride-on robot bird as well. It's included in the above video clip. As my friend David pointed out, the rider is a 'dummy'. Just goes to show you what you can do with limited space and materials.

soviet walker p1 2007   Robot Ostrich   Konstantin Ivanov (Russian)

soviet walker p3 2007   Robot Ostrich   Konstantin Ivanov (Russian)


2002 – Human-powered Mechanical Elephant – Caltech (American)

reddoorelephant5 x640 2002   Human powered Mechanical Elephant   Caltech (American)

eleph photo 2 x640 2002   Human powered Mechanical Elephant   Caltech (American)

eleph photo 1 x640 2002   Human powered Mechanical Elephant   Caltech (American)

eleph photo 6 x640 2002   Human powered Mechanical Elephant   Caltech (American)

elephant x640 2002   Human powered Mechanical Elephant   Caltech (American)

The Quantum-Classical Transition on Trial: Is the Whole More Than the Sum of the Parts?
by Hideo Mabuchi

One quote that I really like came from my thesis adviser, Jeff Kimble (the Valentine Professor and professor of physics), and appeared on page 2 of the February 18, 1997, New York Times as the Quotation of the Day. On progress in the field of quantum computing, Jeff said: “Theory is way ahead of experiment. It’s like Hannibal trying to cross the Alps. We’d really like to run ahead and see what’s on top, but we have all these elephants to deal with.” Jeff is referring to trying to build something that’s fairly large and make it behave quantum mechanically.

Not exactly Hannibal and the Alps—or quantum computing—but Caltech students have dealt with experimental elephants, as demonstrated here. The walking (sometimes) mechanical elephant appeared on Ditch Day, May 22, 2002


elephant ditch day 2002 a 2002   Human powered Mechanical Elephant   Caltech (American)

elephant ditch day 2002 2002   Human powered Mechanical Elephant   Caltech (American)


1954 – Walking Tractor – Douglas Lattimore (British)

Walker Pusher Hybrid PSJun54p1 x640 1954   Walking Tractor   Douglas Lattimore (British)

1966 – R/C Tortoise – François-Xavier Lalanne (French)

LaLanne Tortue Bar Angelique1966 x640 1966   R/C Tortoise   François Xavier Lalanne (French)

VIDEO CLIP

There are a few wonderful period French newsreel clips showing Lalanne's Tortoise and other sculptures found here Gaumont Pathe Archives . You have to be registered (free) and logged in to see the preview.  Search for "lalanne" without the quotes and look at all three clips from 1966-1970.

Lalanne tortue p01 x640 1966   R/C Tortoise   François Xavier Lalanne (French)

François-Xavier Lalanne's Radio controlled tortoise (Tortue Bar Angelique).

The Lalannes (Claude and François-Xavier ) have produced some of the most fantastic sculpture over the past 50 years. I particularly like François-Xavier's work, turning zoomorphic objects into pratical works of art! Sadly he died in 2008.


1969-84 – Walking Machine Models – (Soviet)

From the late 1960's through to the mid 1980's, various Russian hobby magazines published plans for model walking machines.

Here are a few of them (in Russian): click image for pdf.

mk 1969 09p38SixLegWalkerModel x300 1969 84   Walking Machine Models   (Soviet)

 ut7101p54 Walker6pairs x300 1969 84   Walking Machine Models   (Soviet)

ut73050072 WalkerModel x300 1969 84   Walking Machine Models   (Soviet)

ut73070067 WalkerModel x300 1969 84   Walking Machine Models   (Soviet)

mk 1974 04p12 x300 1969 84   Walking Machine Models   (Soviet)

mk 1974 05p9 x300 1969 84   Walking Machine Models   (Soviet)

mk 1976 09p13 x300 1969 84   Walking Machine Models   (Soviet)

ut7711 p73 walkermodel x300 1969 84   Walking Machine Models   (Soviet)

mk 1984 01p12Walker x300 1969 84   Walking Machine Models   (Soviet)