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William K.
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DEsigner print6ed robot.
William K.   2/11/2013 9:21:45 PM
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Interesting, but it seems that in the video presentation there was deliberate effort to not show many details well enough to understand them. And possibly the robot was running at a safe speed, with the concept of moving much faster once the code was perfected. Also, all we saw was the head, shoulders and arms. Is that all that there is to this robot right now?

Elizabeth M
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Re: Taking hobbyist robotics to a new level
Elizabeth M   2/11/2013 10:16:14 AM
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Yes, Charles, it seems some very interesting work is coming from robot enthusiasts, perhaps even more interesting than some university, military or privae-company research. Hobbyists of course have more flexibility and sometimes look at things from a different perspective, which may explain why their work is so creative. Of course, 3D printing--as you point out--is making the work of hobbyists and enthusiasts much easier as well, giving them a very powerful tool at home.

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Re: Taking hobbyist robotics to a new level
sensor pro   2/9/2013 11:14:13 PM
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The use of 3D is great, however the humanoid design was very nicely demonstrated in I-ROBOT movie. Looks almost the same.

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Charles Murray   2/8/2013 5:54:40 PM
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The beauty of 3D printing and of robotics is that both lend themselves to innovation from indepedent engineers, inventors and tinkerers. I think we'll be seeing a lot of ideas like this one for many years to come.

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Humanoid Robot
apresher   2/8/2013 2:19:12 PM
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It's interesting how the robotics market continues to generate a large number of really creative ideas that also harness technology solutions.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/8/2013 12:50:38 PM
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Thanks for covering this, Elizabeth. I love the convergence of 3D printing and robotics. In elegance, complexity, and functionality, this leaves the clunky robots I reported on using 3D printing in the dust:
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=241989



Elizabeth M
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Taking hobbyist robotics to a new level
Elizabeth M   2/8/2013 6:23:12 AM
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I found this project fascinating, not just because it shows again the potential for 3D printing, but also because it shows the level of commitment that Langevin has to his robotics and design work. I can't imagine creating a project with this much detail and ambition during the free time outside what is probably a very demanding full-time job. Obviously, Langevin is really into this work and wants to share his innovation with the world, and his detailed blog will allow people to follow his commitment every step of the way. I admit I also found the idea that you could build such a lifelike robot at home using a 3D printer a tad bit creepy...but with the way robotics innovation is going, I should get more comfortable with the idea!

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