Hi guys! ^___^
Luckily I didn't oversleep today so I have been able to take some half decent photos of the assembled Fusion Robot (while there's still enough natural light). The robot is still missing a proper head (which I have some ideas for but it’s going to be a detailed 3D model which has yet to be fully designed and made) and I did cut out some feet but they’re pretty small compared to the width of the “C” brackets used towards the bottom of the legs, so having them there would look odd because of the proportional difference. Nonetheless, all the necessary brackets have been assembled together to produce a workable model for the Fusion Robot - I’ll add in the “fine tuning” when I can get a chance.
Oh, before I continue, I should mention that the components that I ordered for the PCB have still not yet arrived (although my free samples for blank ATmega328’s arrived before them and I only ordered them a day or two ago ^___^ - I’m planning on using the ATmega328 with the Arduino Bootloader to burn a Bootloader onto the blank chips so I can have an unlimited supply of micro-controllers in the future
) so it looks like The Soul Board won’t be ready until after Christmas now.
Anyway, moving on ...
I think it would be best if I actually explained the choices for the Fusion Robot because at the moment it sounds pretty random - ok, here I go.Pterodactyl:
I’ve loved watching those Dinosaur documentaries, ever since I was a child, because of all the weird and wonderful creatures that used to exist millions of years ago and the dinosaurs themselves also provide some inspiration for robot designs, etc.
So I was watching an episode about winged dinosaurs and for some reason, I was inspired by the Pterodactyl walking - it used its wings as the front two legs with the hind legs keeping their original function. It reminded me a bit of the walking style of a Gorilla - the part about arm/leg sizes; they both have longer front arms than hind legs. Now my idea isn’t to imitate the Pterodactyl walking style but more to use it as a guide to allow the robot to use the arms as legs and them walk in a quadruped fashion.T-Rex:
This can’t really be seen from the design but the legs were meant to be based on that of a T-Rex (in terms of general shape) although they didn’t really come out as close to the original as I had wanted, but they look nice regardless. ^___^
Also, I’m not sure if you guys see it like this but to me, the torso plate looks a lot like a Dinosaur fossil (or perhaps a human pelvis?).Shark:
You might have been able to already see part of this design - where the Pterodactyl would use it’s wings, I replaced them with fins. It makes it look a bit more menacing too (because it looks like a pair of scythes). The rest of the Shark side is going to be incorporated into the head.Dragon:
Designs for this are spread throughout the entire robot in small pieces here and there (i.e. Feet Brackets (which turned out to be too small but were identical copies of the ones designed for Moonlight Dragon), Arm design, Head Design (once completed), etc.).
So, um, yeah, that’s pretty much the background behind my choices for the Fusion Robot - so I guess the only thing to do now is post the photos! Enjoy! ^___^