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MA Hackerspace Building Rideable Hexapod

Unknown Lamer posted about 2 years ago | from the thus-began-the-hexapod-wars dept.

Robotics 55

New submitter schlesingerj writes in with news about a six legged robot "The Artisans Asylum hackerspace in Somerville, MA is building a monster rideable hexapod named 'Stompy', with fully articulated legs (18 hydraulics actuators in total), powered by a humongous propane forklift engine. This is being built as a class, lead by a team of expert roboticists with an impressive background, including DEKA, Boston Dynamics and Barret Technologies and is expected to be finished by the end of the summer. I for one welcome our new robot overlords."

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should'a named it "Stampy" (3, Funny)

Thud457 (234763) | about 2 years ago | (#39870499)

Where's my elephant?!

I'll call Snake. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39870519)

First thing that came to my mind when reading the summary was the Geckos from MGS4

Re:I'll call Snake. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39871987)

Congratulations on identifying yourself as a young whippersnapper, probable location: my lawn (seriously, MGS4 is your go to reference for mechs?), and as an idiot who can't count (hexapods have 6 legs, and usually operate in static stability regimes; Gekkos have 2 and operate in dynamic stability).

If I had to pick video-game references, I'd go with Doom (presumably you could ride the Spiderdemon, if you were on friendly enough terms), though the graphics depicted it with only 4 legs, the novelization said it had 6. The Fuchikome from Ghost in the Shell is perhaps the most obvious comparable unit, though again it's 4-legged. This 4-legged version is remarkably common for spider-tanks in fiction, though there are some examples of six-legged versions -- still, they all operate in much the same way as hexapods, and in marked contrast to bipedal platforms.

Its dead jim (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39870527)

Another site bites the dust. Slashdot +1

Re:Its dead jim (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39878001)

Who pissed in your Wheaties?

slashdotted (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39870561)

Missing the slashdotted tag. I was looking forward to seeing a picture of my next ride, but I guess I'll have to wait.

I saw this during my lunch break (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39870591)

I went walking in the woods behind my work building, recently. I saw what I thought was Boston Dynamics setting up something that resembles but differed from (much bigger than) their Big Dog.

Thanks for getting the obvious joke out of the way (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39870619)

Perhaps we should just list all the memes up front in the news summaries. Lasers put in the shark joke etc. Kind of like on wheel of fortune when they give you the common letters up front.

gladiators (1)

ch-chuck (9622) | about 2 years ago | (#39870653)

Someday we hope to see mechwarrier style contests for real.

Re:gladiators (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 2 years ago | (#39871287)

That would be totally awesome. :) I myself have many times dreamed of the One Must Fall 2097 battles to be reality.

Re:gladiators (1)

DarwinSurvivor (1752106) | about 2 years ago | (#39872475)

Oh my god, THANK YOU. I remembered playing that game as a demo like 10 years ago and couldn't for the life of me remember the name. Pyro was a *bitch* in the demo!

moster ridable?! (3, Funny)

schlachter (862210) | about 2 years ago | (#39870733)

The Artisans Asylum hackerspace in Somerville, MA is building a monster rideable hexapod named 'Stompy', with fully articulated legs (18 hydraulics actuators in total), powered by a humongous propane forklift engine.

Did anyone else read this and think they were building a hexapod capable of carrying monsters?

Re:moster ridable?! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39871377)

They should make it run on machine readable punch cards, but the punch cards should be machines that punch, but look like cards.

Re:moster ridable?! (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 2 years ago | (#39871499)

I thought it would be a car crushing bot that you would actually ride like a horse :. it's not :

Re:moster ridable?! (2)

mcgrew (92797) | about 2 years ago | (#39872023)

No, if it meant "a hexapod capable of carrying monsters" it would have had a hyphen: monster-rideable hexapod.

Cool place (3, Insightful)

TheCarp (96830) | about 2 years ago | (#39870833)

I never have been to this hackerspace. I found out about it at Arisia 2011, when I saw a previous boss of mine sitting at a table in Dealer's Room. We chatted for a bit, and it turns out, he was manning the Artists Asylum table. They look really fucking cool. They have a 3d printer (soon I will too :) ), CNC machine etc.... and they offer classes on how to use the tools and do stuff with it. When I was looking, I believe they also had other classess on other tools and techniques.

I want to check them out one day, maybe actually be social, but, I tend to have my own tools and like to work at my house on my projects.

Re:Cool place (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about 2 years ago | (#39876975)

They have a 3d printer (soon I will too :) /quote I want to 3D print a 3D TV so I can watch myself in 3D making 3D models of 3D TVs on my 3D printer.

Artisan's Asylum info (from a long term member) (4, Informative)

atriel (679849) | about 2 years ago | (#39870889)

url: http://artisansasylum.com/ [artisansasylum.com] Physical address: 10 Tyler St., Somerville, MA 02143 Office hours are noon-8pm mon-sun, swing by and request a tour.

Re:Artisan's Asylum info (from a long term member) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39876501)

While we are plugging this place, it's worth checking out CEMMI.org as well (located in the Aslyum)

Meh. It's been done. (3, Informative)

Annirak (181684) | about 2 years ago | (#39870979)

First, there's Mondo Spider [eatart.org]. The same guys are also working on Titanoboa [eatart.org], which is a ridable robot snake.

And both of those are electric. No propane forklift engines, which makes them much quieter.

Re:Meh. It's been done. (2)

arisvega (1414195) | about 2 years ago | (#39871251)

which makes them much quieter.

"much quieter" than what? An earthquake? Seriously, the noise out of that thing?

Meh. It's been done.

By "Burning Man" enthousiasts with lots of drive and tens of thousands of dollars available. And it's formidable, sure.

So for this one a) it is going to be mass-produced, therefore it is different, so stop "meh"-ing, or

b) it is not going to be mass-produced, therefore it is derivative work and so, yes, "meh, it's been done".

Re:Meh. It's been done. (2)

iamhassi (659463) | about 2 years ago | (#39872223)

First, there's Mondo Spider [eatart.org]. The same guys are also working on Titanoboa [eatart.org], which is a ridable robot snake.

And both of those are electric. No propane forklift engines, which makes them much quieter.

or, more importantly, Mondo Spider exists. So far "Stompy" is just a computer rendering. Article is kind of pointless, what is the point of telling everyone every little project you plan on working on? They're not even half way done, nothing exists at all.

In the spirit of the nonexistent Stompy here's the rocket ship I'm building to travel to Mars [wordpress.com]

Re:Meh. It's been done. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39876131)

Yet another one. This is an octapod though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgdZ5csw5JA

Crabot? (1)

GonzoPhysicist (1231558) | about 2 years ago | (#39871727)

Looking at the sketches on the site it doesn't seem to have any horizontal articulation of the legs. So does it just crab walk everywhere?

Gyo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39871809)

Did someone else think about Gyo after reading this?

Some Ideas About Stompy (2)

LifesABeach (234436) | about 2 years ago | (#39872177)

You might want to check that there's enough head room in case you find yourself upside down, and your waiting for someone to fip Stompy over.

If Stompy is over 15 feet high, Bridges may become an obsticle.

Travel on a road might be easier if the width can ajusted to that of a compact car.

One could contact the D.O.T. to get the requirements to make Stompy street legal.

Re:Some Ideas About Stompy (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about 2 years ago | (#39872263)

Nah, street illegal is much more cooler.
Bonus points for Gatling guns to tell the cops to piss off.

They had a smaller one at the Maker Faire in 2010 (1)

drkim (1559875) | about 2 years ago | (#39872455)

They had a smaller one at the Maker Faire in 2010:
(around :46)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbyAFSvsoK8 [youtube.com]

Re:They had a smaller one at the Maker Faire in 20 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39872951)

The Mondo Spider is only similar in that it has legs.

It's not driven by hydraulics, doesn't have independent articulation and it's built by EatArt in Vancouver, BC while these guys are out of Boston.

Stompy is a much more advanced beast.

Re:They had a smaller one at the Maker Faire in 20 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39872973)

sorry, it is driven by hydraulic motors (but not actuators). my bad.

As a person who's building a similar thing... (1)

Aggrav8d (683620) | about 2 years ago | (#39872803)

I can't help but notice they've blown through most of their budget and still have difficult technical questions to answer. They've got no programming, no UI, and their timeline is growing short.

I have the funding, I have the software, I have the control theory, I have a UI, I even have safety protocols and notes about how to assemble the creature. So why haven't I finished mine already? I need engineering help to get the right hydraulic equipment. It's not the kind of thing I can afford to build twice.

Some people say it's the same as the Mondospider or the Beast. The existing models have locked legs that actually move more like a tank. The feet scrape the ground to make turns. My design & Stompy are both independently articulated so it moves more like a crab.

Re:As a person who's building a similar thing... (1)

Aggrav8d (683620) | about 2 years ago | (#39872815)

Also I have a working scale model and I'm looking to build another interim model ~6' with car parts. I tried talking to CAT about sourcing the booms & sticks from their backhoes and they wouldn't speak to me unless I had a patent, a lawyer, and who knows what else.

John Deere's had one for years (1)

gelfling (6534) | about 2 years ago | (#39875499)

they've been experimenting with walking logging vehicles that go into densely wooded areas to pick choice individual trees. they look like cats except with 6 legs.

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