A LONG TIME AGO IN THE GARAGE ...  

The website has been created as an expression of my passion for walking machines that began after watching the film The Empire Strikes Back (Stars Wars) with a famous scene of walking machines AT-AT attack on the planet of Hoth. In addition, inspired by photographs of the robot Atilla (Scientific American, 1992), I decided to build a simple, little “walking machine” – a few interesting, working prototypes have been constructed which I deal with in a dedicated website www.leggedrobots.com. After a longer break, during a moment of ‘enlightenment’, I have taken a decision to build Quatropod – a walking machine, that you can get in and steer – like a car, using a steering wheel, accelerator and a brake. And so, in March 2010, in my renovated garage I started the PROJECT X, thanks to which "AT-PT Quadropod Concept" was born. My goal was to build a walking, man-controlled machine vehicle, like a car, and focus on motor abilities and the maintaining the balance of the system. Unfortunately, both financial and time limits were tight, therefore, on the basis of the Quadropod, I decided to build a general purpose walking machine (Q PROJECT).

And so was born the idea of building a large, universal walking machine of general use (UT-Universal Transporter), which can be expanded as you wish e.g. by adding sensors, software upgrade or convert mechanically. UT doesn’t contain any kind of intelligence and is thought as an electro-mechanical platform – a base for your own projects. UT has an aluminum frame with electric actuators and basic electronic ‘core’ essential for engines movement and determining their position as well as communicating with the master unit by the set of simple commands.

My goal is not to build autonomous robots or machines that imitate living beings. My goal is to build a rolling machines, which could have practical use. The first design was a big UT -100, whose large mass prevents from free movement. Another system is much smaller and lightweight UT50 'Qpod', which finally fulfills the most important criterion: the free movement. Additional, turned out to be based on UT-50 without a large investment, I can build a bipedal machine. And so the TT-50 'Raptor' (Terapod Transporter) was born. Also bipedal machines seem to be potentially better in the practical application than four-legged machine.

And as I draw my inspiration from movies, the garage, where I construct my machine, I called "Tron" (Tron 1982). The ideas I have many but (as usual) the problem with accomplishing them is lack of funds ...

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