Posts Tagged ‘1999’

1999 – Slim Slime Snake Robot – Shigeo Hirose and Takeshi Aoki (Japanese)

Slim Slime Robot

The Slim Slime robot is a robot made up of linearly connecting multiple modules that pneumatically bend and elongate. Inside a module (below), three metal bellows are arranged in parallel at regular intervals with an identical circumference.
Both ends of each bellows are fixed with two disks, and the disks are connected to each other by expanding springs. These bellows elongate when compressed air is supplied, and they shrink when the air is drained out. Each bellow has two solenoid valves embedded, used for the intake and expulsion of the compressed air. The module bends and elongates by controlling the compressed air that is supplied to the three bellows. The module is 128 mm in diameter, from 114 to 178 mm in length, 1.7 kg in weight, and has a maximumbending angle of 30.

The Slim Slime robot is composed of six connected modules, from 730 to 1,120 mm in length and 12 kg in weight. The Slim Slime robot has realized a wide variety of movement styles by bending and elongating. This robot has also succeeded in performing locomotion in an inclined pipe (bottom).

Built by Takeshi Aoki and Shigeo Hirose at the Hirose Fukushima Lab.

There is a later model, SSR-II which used a "Bridled Bellows".

See other Pneumatic, Fluidic, and Inflatable robots here.

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1999 – “Mr. Peanut” the Flying Android – David Santos (American)

Two Flying Humanoids successfully tested over downtown Austin, June 5, '99. Sponsored by the Austin Museum of Art's Robots Live! program.

These were quite large – see the drawing of a person for comparison.


The Humanoid Airship

A "flying peanut" winged humanoid robot is under development for the opening of Austin's new airport.

The shape is a compromise between lifting gas volume and humanoid expression.

Wall walking is a new wrinkle. The winged humanoid is to be able to walk on a vertical wall or cieling by powering into it with its wings to provide foot traction and directional vectoring.

A persistent question is to be able to shift the robot's center of mass around its center of buoyancy, and manipulate its buoyancy so as to support wall and ceiling walking. a) balance robot neutrally and use vectored wing thrust to apply foot pressure to any surface. b) drop distributed ballast masses, vent helium, and maintain ballonets. c) shift ballast dynamically. 

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The dominant features of the larger room, whenever they were flying, were the blimps, 20 foot long aluminized mylar airships with instrument platforms slung beneath their bulk. I have already described one of them, the Ornithopter. Although not really a robot, but rather a radio controlled airship, it was nonetheless captivating by its sheer zaniness. Looking like a blimp designed by Hieronymus Bosch (in reality, by Founding Member David Santos), it flew by flapping its absurdly undersized wings, and when near the floor it ran on a pair of semi-realistic plastic legs.

David Santos

See other Pneumatic, Fluidic, and Inflatable robots here.

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1999-2005 – “Snowdrop” the Mechanical Elephant – Peter Clare

Peter Clare – Egremont, Cumbria.
I keep a mechanical elephant called Snowdrop. It moves its legs and its head, lifts its trunk, squirts water from its trunk and bellows. Snowdrop can carry about six children and will be on display at the Barbican, London this summer.
Tue Jan 25 09:27:12 2005

Peter Clare fashioned mechanical elephant almost life-size average specimen of the Indian breed, moved her legs, which raises the trunk, with a twitching leatherette skin folds. He has done this thing, after City Council has not kept its promise to bring urban children at Christmas this elephant from the zoo. Alas, the price of an elephant stood up, and the mayor was forced to explain to distraught children, that the city can not afford such waste of resources. Childcare unlocked the creative potential of Clare.

Jeremy Deller (Palais de Tokyo – Art Archive) said "this thing impressed not only by its "Victorian futurism", she performed as proof that spent thousands of hours, but not thousands of banknotes, and it is – a labor of love."


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