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  1. Thread: air muscles

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    Re: air muscles

    That sounds perfect. When you get the controls down and write some code for it maybe I can get your help with controling the liquid version...

    ^_^
  2. Thread: air muscles

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    Re: air muscles

    I think what Sam may be refering to is the fact that these 'muscles' tend to retain some of thier contracted shape 'till a load pulls them into their preferrred stretched out position. The braided...
  3. Thread: air muscles

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    Re: air muscles

    Very encouraging SAM.

    Set up a joint and knock our socks off! What colour of sleveing did you go with? I know McMaster has a variety to choose from. I live about 15 miles form a McMaster so I can...
  4. Thread: air muscles

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    Re: air muscles

    Congoratz on the control sir.

    How many cycles per second can you glean from your new nervous system?
  5. Thread: air muscles

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    Re: air muscles

    Festo has a few assemblies using air actuated muscles.

    I recently found this video:

    YouTube - better robot muscles

    Awesome...

    ^_^
  6. Thread: air muscles

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    Re: air muscles

    As long as you continue proving that you truly are a geek and not a dork... Nerd even, but the world is too glutted with dorks.

    ^_^
  7. Thread: air muscles

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    Re: air muscles

    As a working fluid in hydraulic presses (and/or muscles). Yup Yup

    A single header to direct the air flow from each valve to the appropriate area of the bot. It could serve as a structural element...
  8. Thread: air muscles

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    Re: air muscles

    Those look fairly small compared to what (I hope) are your finger tips. What is the envelope on those? Are you going to build a single header for all of these valves?

    What about propylene glycol...
  9. Thread: air muscles

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    Re: air muscles

    The fluid is non-compressable but the muscles are very compliant. I've found that you don't want to push these things all the way to capacity with fluid because they will tear apart. The muscles are...
  10. Thread: Mech- Trossenator

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    Re: Mech- Trossenator

    That looks great. Can you post some videos? I'd like to see more Reverse-type gaits in action. What Board are you controlling it with? (Controller, Communications, Code?)

    Not as robust looking as...
  11. Thread: air muscles

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    Re: air muscles

    I have the printed article. It show more detailed renderings of the unit. It appears that the designer/dreamer uses the muscles like sthmck and you guessed. They are used to manipulate the 'arms',...
  12. Thread: air muscles

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    Re: air muscles

    Do any of you read Popular Science?

    The newest has an article about a 'Motorcycle that you wear'. It is just an idea that a young designer has but it incoroprates the 'Pnumatic Muscle'...
  13. Thread: Flame by TU Delft

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    Re: Flame by TU Delft

    That machine is a georgeous testament to building outside the box.

    I don't see why hobby robotics will not approach that size in the near future. As people look outside of the accepted norm and...
  14. Thread: air muscles

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    Re: air muscles

    Sam,

    Is your plan to use valve regulated bursts of air to meter the muscles movment?
    Like: unloaded it consistantly (theoretically) takes 100 bursts @ 100 PSI to move a muscle enough for the...
  15. Thread: air muscles

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    Re: air muscles

    Sounds interesting. Try it. With a fluid the pressure will equalize like you said. If you used a finer bladder in one muscle over another it would probably assist in the effect you are going for.
    ...
  16. Thread: air muscles

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    Re: air muscles

    The Festo version is very useful. There is a group, it may have been at MIT that made a roach-type configuration with smaller festo muscles. In fact it was watching the roach flop around under air...
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    Project Re: The Machine an AX-12 based Phoenix

    The way it ticks/warps is really engaging. I've seen some lizards and insects move like that whilst trying to stay inconspicuously camoflauged. You've got the power to make those bursts...
  18. Thread: air muscles

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    Re: air muscles

    You were entirely right to point out the limitaions for what I had suggested had I been using air/gas. In the case of using such a medium I believe that your suggestion to store the air in a bottle...
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    Re: air muscles

    I may have mislead.

    All of the suggestions I've made are based upon using a fluid rather than a gas in the muscles. At the moment I am using distilled water 'cause its cheap and not messy. I have...
  20. Thread: air muscles

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    Re: air muscles

    The problem with this occours where the screw pierces the cylinder. It will be virtually impossable to get a good seal under pressure at that point. Try using a servo and two seperate cylinders or...
  21. Thread: Woo Hoo 5.8!!!

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    Re: Woo Hoo 5.8!!!

    So... Do you still get to use the place?

    ^_^
  22. Thread: Woo Hoo 5.8!!!

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    Re: Woo Hoo 5.8!!!

    Stella is Great! I drink it at the Irish pub here close to work when I have to stay out here 'cause the traffic suxors.

    I don't know if you can get a hold of it there but, there is an american...
  23. Thread: air muscles

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    Re: air muscles

    Look online for a latex tubing supplier. McMaster Carr has various sizes and you can get some pretty robust stuff from scuba gear suppliers. I have also found great success with the balloons that can...
  24. Thread: Woo Hoo 5.8!!!

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    Re: Woo Hoo 5.8!!!

    Thier Beer is better than their chocolate IMHO.

    Heh, it has taken me 2 hours to drive home from work before. (about 25 miles)

    Of course I've gotten home in 30 minutes before on holidays...
    ...
  25. Thread: Woo Hoo 5.8!!!

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    Re: Woo Hoo 5.8!!!

    $4.50 a Gallon and rising...

    So yours is about eight american dollars for a gallon?

    I don't travel much so my currency conversion is lax.

    ^_^
  26. Thread: Woo Hoo 5.8!!!

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    Re: Woo Hoo 5.8!!!

    I miss the seasons and the resulting plant life. Deserts/beaches may be a nice place to vacation at but living there can wear on you. The mountains are nice here. There are a few months out of the...
  27. Thread: Woo Hoo 5.8!!!

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    Re: Woo Hoo 5.8!!!

    I was Bodily in Santa Ana CA. My current place of rest is in Diamond Bar where the Quake hit. (It was between Diamond Bar and Chino it appears) There was nothing of mine worthy of noticed harmed by...
  28. Thread: Woo Hoo 5.8!!!

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    Woo Hoo 5.8!!!

    Its been a while but we had a little quake of the firmament here...

    I was hopeing they'd let us all go home the way some were carrying on. Have any of you experianced and Earthquake before?
    ...
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    Just For Fun Re: Favorite ROBOT movie???

    Runaway was an awesome movie. The combination of the robots, and trick bullets and Gene Simmons almost makes up for the crappy soundtrack.

    I'm big into the Anime stuff also.

    Black Magic M-66...
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    Re: Aldebaran's NAO gets a price tag (and review)

    Bon Jour, ^_^

    The price difference is good news. These are very impressive little featz of engineering. Will the 4000-5000 euro version come with your software package that has face recognition?...
  31. Thread: Mech - Scythe

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    Re: Mech - Scythe

    It looks like it is being trained to walk by a dancer. The way it swings its legs and moves them high and at 'point'. Very cool. Keep it up! It looks like those sharp points really grip the terrian....
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    Re: Aldebaran's NAO gets a price tag (and review)

    I like the ideas at the hips and ankles. I'd like to see some vids of it. They say it'll replace the AIBO. What about the QRIO? While $15,000 dollars is not the million the QRIO demands it may as...
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    Re: Which to choose to start???

    Hail and well met liTTle,

    Cheap and ROBOT (humaniod) belong together like oil and water. You can get set up with a very nice track bot here for a reasonable price but if you are ever going to...
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    Re: I need a kickstart...

    I may have been kicking you below the belt.

    You are intelligent enough. Make something that will make a difference in your creative evolution and possably make a change for the better in all of...
  35. Thread: air muscles

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    Re: air muscles

    I have some of the tiny pnumatic cylinders that Clippard produces. They are very good quality. I picked them up at an industrial surplus house here in town. You would do well to check the biggest...
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    Re: I need a kickstart...

    Ahh the rub is this...

    At 30 if you have pursued a hobby to the point of being a professional at it there is a good chance that you will be twice the man you are now. Then if you want to live...
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    Re: I need a kickstart...

    If you want to be an artest/inventor and make a living at it leave off of the idea of being a normal human in any way. Especially socially. And don't EXPECT any returns until you are (or are mostly)...
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    Just For Fun Re: Sexual Dimorphism in Robots

    It could be a simple case of overall attributes of whatever you are categorizing leading you in one direction or another.

    Male: Reliable/Simple/Easy , Strong, Big/Bulky, Slow/Steady Hard to...
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    Contest Entry Re: Robonova gets a hand.

    What are you thinking of using for the skeleton? PVC and styrene/acrylic comes in a ton of structural shapes for model builders. It is light weight, has a fairly high strength to weight ratio, is...
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    Re: Check out this hand for a Robonova

    Very nice!

    I'd like to see a video of them in action.

    They look like a lot of work went into them.
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