Live Robot Hack Session

Astro Boy Live Hack....So it begins!

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Astro Boy Live Hack (Part 1)

***Update*** 7:45 start time

The eighties Astro Boy cartoon was likely the majority of the inspiration that got me into robotics in the first place. The whole concept of a child-like robot super hero really intrigued me. The story also had a very emotional back story that had me hooked. While I don't plan on replacing my own children with robots I do feel that it would be fun to create my own version of Astro:D

I'm a bit nervous to do this Live hack to tell you the truth. I don't know if I'll be able to do Astro justice. While there was a Japanese magazine that did produce a weekly 70 issue kit build of Astro (Atom) it was completely injection molded and I feel like there's still room for improvement to make Astro look more true to life.

I will start with a 3D printed frame. I may dive into giving Astro a silicone suit but after googling silicone doll making, I've now see enough horrors to last me a life time. I might have to recruit someone with experience in this field to save me from another traumatizing experience. Seriously, don't go digging unless you are prepared to see some very horrible attempts at making silicone little people.

I plan on making Astro as a fully embedded Robot with a Raspberry Pi or Latte Panda running EZ-Builder inside. I don't think I'll be adding butt lasers, as I wasn't really a fan of that feature. Rocket powered boots are also out of the question but maybe we'll find a way to fake it.:D

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What? that guy will walk too? Really cool, still if you made it 5 foot tall,did I say 5, how about 6 foot tall and walking that would be cool but I know the more weight and center of Gravity is the enemy of tall robots. I dream of the day My Terminator will have walking legs at 6 foot tall.
Yes, getting a robot a robot to walk is quiet a struggle...but just having a neat Astroboy that is moving, already makes my day!!
Nice to see this project unfolding!!:)
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Thanks guys, I appreciate your comments!

We’ll see if I end up using straight filament for the feet/legs or if it’ll be skinned with another material like red silicone or a sock. For the time being I’m in prototype mode so Astro’s parts are probably going to be all kinds of different colors:D
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Your model has large feet if you put a battery pack at the base of the foot below the  servo the weight moves the CG down making walking easier. several Biped robots use this technique. here is a thingiverse robot ROFI walker. these parts are also available to print.User-inserted image
@Jeremie  I have a suggestion for a live hack in the future  have a look at this facebook link  it is a silicone face made for a Inmoov robot,  I thought we could make a silicone face of DJ and put it on the Synthiam inmoov Robot,  then we could have the Robot master as a Robot, how cool would that be.  this is a joke Dj.  User-inserted image