GIANT ANT - ANIMATRONIC MOVIE STUDY
FORMICARIUM - HEAD - JAWS - JIMMY WATSON - KITS - LEGS - MECHANICS - MOTORS - MOVIE - PHOTOGRAPHY - RASPBERRY Pi R/C DRONE - SENTRY - SOFTWARE - SOUND PROOFING - SPACE ROVERS - SPEED - SUSPENSION - TAIL - WEAPONS - WARGAMING
DINO - THE DINOBOT - You can't beat nature. We'll not be aiming to replicate this scheme 100%, but doing an interpretation based on likely evolution with a lot of artistic licence thrown in. 'Dino' the 'DinoBot' is a fully functional educational robot, not a toy. The name comes from the fact that some ants are virtually unchanged since prehistoric times, hence: Dinosaur = Dino, and it is of course a giant robot = Bot. Put together this gives us 'DinoBot.' In the workshop we calling the prototype, affectionately: 'Dino,' after Fred Flintstones pet dinosaur.
- Stop reading right now if you are frightened of creepy crawlies. Arachnid phobia is a real symptom for those who are scared of spiders. Insects can be just as bothersome - and army ants are feared by every animal in the jungle with good reason - they are deadly. Imagine then that fear multiplied by one hundred and fifty times - and then you can just begin to imagine the terror of being chased by one of these creatures. Real or not.
Shown above is the artwork for the head of a giant ant that in the proposed film project has been thawed out from Antarctic ice. Please note that this photograph is copyright © Jameson Hunter Ltd 2015. You will need permission from Jameson Hunter to be able to reproduce it.
CHRISTMAS ANT PROJECT 2015: STUDY IN BLACK
Bluebird Marine Systems have been asked to look at the possibility of improving one of the most exciting special effects animatronic ants in the world. If the project goes ahead it will not produce one of the largest special effect robots, but one of the most realistic and potentially useful platforms, most immediately to be used to make a long overdue revamping of the 1957 classic movie. The unit(s) may also suit many operators of exhibitions of all kinds, including museums and natural history parks - when they can be made to relate to audiences - and in that mode - appear docile. For example, there are now dozens of banking and other customer information robots coming out of Japan and even companions hitting the shops from the US.
The brief is to create the largest 'interactive' robotic ant in the world. There are already some extraordinarily large in-animate ant sculptures all over the world. The robotic product must be capable of thrilling audiences with a combination of movement, light and sound, but be incapable of harming a human. Not 3 laws safe via programming, but with built in mechanical safety features.
That's a tall order where such a large exhibit will have powerful jaws that can cut through doors, but still be capable of lifting a stunt man or woman without even bruising them. Especially as the project is just for the Christmas holidays, into the New Year 2016.
The starting point might be the frame or chassis of the robot, made steady by six legs that must take all the loads asked of the giant ant. We are thus using heavy duty spherical rod ends as the joints of the beast.
HYMENOPTERA - Shown above is the artwork for the body of a giant ant that in the proposed film project hatches from a deep frozen egg recovered from Antarctic ice. Please note that this photograph is copyright © Jameson Hunter Ltd 2015. You will need permission from Jameson Hunter to be able to reproduce it.
EXHIBIT DESIGN & DISPLAY
The design of a set is just as important as the engineering that goes into these giant ants. The ant robot is the starting point for the mechanicals of any scene, exhibition or display, but they should be joined at the hip. Check out the making of our revolving display for a model boat exhibit at the Old Billingsgate halls in London, November 2015. Note how the stand compliments the exhibit and the two work together to put on a good show. This is what we mean by being joined at the hip.
HEADS UP - This is a drawing of head detail from a previous study. We like the concept but it may be a little complex for our purposes. We are going to simplify the mechanics as much as we can to contain costs. The producers of a teaser hope to bring this in on a tight budget - to eventually attract investors for a feature film. Please note that this photograph is copyright © Jameson Hunter Ltd 2015. You will need permission from Jameson Hunter to be able to reproduce it.
BODYWORK - How do you make a master mold? Click on the pictures above to find out how it is done. This is the tail master artwork for the production moulds. The bodywork can be made bullet-proof, or extremely light. Obviously cost is an issue, if molded from ordinary fiberglass the unit will still be strong enough for public displays. If for use as a soldier ant in wargaming, more exotic (and expensive) kevlar and aramid weaves are necessary.
STOMPY 6 TON HEXAPOD PROJECT - Check out the frame main chassis section for this US robot vehicle project. Strictly speaking this is not a robot, but a machine driven by a human operator who sits inside a cab, much like the Mantis hexapod project of Matt Denton, a few years back. Compare the size of the steel box sections cut from 12" x 6" RHS steel tubing. That's a lot of steel! Stompy is powered by a LNG fuelled internal combustion engine from a fork lift truck. The power to weight ratio is roughly 44.5 lbs per horsepower, meaning that walking efficiency is pretty low - and that explains the slow speed. We are sure this can be improved. The point here is that they have produced a working prototype as a platform for development - a major achievement. So well done to all the stompers.
LAYOUT - We could not resist doing a quick mock-up and are pleased that even this is starting to look like the real bulldog ant. The steel version of the frame will be a standard platform that will be made available to schools, museums and other operators for around £500 pounds ($750 dollars). That gives you a 2.4m (8' foot) hexapod (9' [2.7m extended stretch] and legs for you to makes your own bodywork and static display unit. If you'd like this bodywork in GRP add another £200 pounds ($300 dollars). We are seeking best prices for parts at the moment - so be aware that these prices are ballpark.
If you'd like the robot programmed to interact with an audience, we can also arrange that for you, but at more cost. Please note that this photograph is copyright © Jameson Hunter Ltd 2015. You will need permission from Jameson Hunter to be able to reproduce it.
WALKING - The budget movement will be a basic variable track system with independent transmissions on the left and on the right driven by medium sized DC motors. This is suitable for radio control, with a human operator. A more advanced movement will involve hydraulic actuators and a degree of artificial intelligence, to include object recognition. We could also include GPS tracking - but what for, we have no idea, other than as an anti-theft device.
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ARDUINOS AND RASPBERRIES - This kit (not yet generally available - save for special order) is ideal for teaching junior programmers how they can make things happen. You'll be able to get this robot to do almost anything with the very popular Arduino and Raspberry Pi computer boards, turning it into an autonomous vehicle, if that is your bag. If you cannot afford to buy one of these gems, you are most welcome to send in your software, or even visit the workshop and programme the little beauty yourself. If this is your thing, please contact us in advance to arrange a time to visit.
EXTRAS - A more advanced version with a titanium chassis and exotic aramid or kevlar composite bodywork that is bullet-proof, will be available at extra cost for robot war type gaming. Basically, our moulds can be used to lay up most combinations, to include vacuum and foam cores if warranted. We'd suggest equipping the more highly specified robots with a low output (3-5 watt) laser to be able to score during simulation combat - or electing the hydraulic version when the jaws might easily cut through an opposing robot's legs - or whatever. Play safely.
SALVAGE - Rather than experiment with new parts, we are using recycled parts from many redundant machines and this one bicycle that had seen better days. Some of the bearings, steel and sprockets came from this push-bike. When you have a rig that works well, of course, use new parts that may have a higher specification. The steel and alloy parts of bicycles are relatively high quality - because a bike has to be light and functional - just like a robot. The Wright Brothers were cycle makers. They used their bicycle making skills to create an aircraft. When disassembling a push bike for parts, be sure to use the correct tools. For taper-fit cranks you will need a threaded extractor tool and for chains a link-extractor. Modern bike chains do not have the split links that were common in years gone by.
LEG DRAWINGS - Insects are complex animals. Note here that each thigh of the six legs is a different length. That means that the gearing of each leg will change for a smooth walking cycle - and then again the connecting rods will be different lengths and at different angles. Where's the ibuprofen when you need it? They are also handed, meaning that the left hind leg is a mirror image of the right hind leg, but they are not the same. That means making six separate leg moulds for the composite versions. We will be carving in wood at first, to make the master for the moulds.
Careful design of the leg is important if we are to avoid another actuator for the lower leg. We are thinking about a two-stage spring loaded systems at the moment. Amputee athletes use a similar system for high speed track events. Please note that this photograph is copyright © Jameson Hunter Ltd 2015. You will need permission from Jameson Hunter to be able to reproduce it.
BULLDOG ANT - This is the specimen that we have been loaned to be able to complete this particular feasibility study. It is about 35 years old. It comes from the Australian outback where they are fairly common and feared by all because they can jump many feet in one bound, so can outrun a man for short distances. They also have a nasty sting that can paralyze a man. Phew! That is at 25mm in length. Now imagine the animal 110 times that size. That equals 2.74 meters or 9 feet.
BODY PARTS - December 12 2015 - The three main body parts are shown here together; the tail is now black, but still needs surface finishing. Ants have a high degree of movement, as an engineering structure. That is because in the world they live in, combat between species is inevitable. The main weapon of an ant is the sting, which can be much modified to spray acid or release toxic gels. Please note that this photograph is copyright © Jameson Hunter Ltd 2015. You will need permission from Jameson Hunter to be able to reproduce it. Schools, colleges and universities automatically have permission from JHL, provided that the use of their pictures is for study or classroom projects.
Frame or skeleton - Steel, aluminum, plastic, and wood are all commonly used in building animatronics but each has its best purpose. The relative strength as well as the weight of the material itself should be considered when determining the most appropriate material to use. The cost of the material may also be a concern.
Exterior or skin - Several materials are commonly used in the fabrication of an animatronic figure's exterior, mostly rubber. In the case of an insect, the out shell is more likely to be composite based. For example, "eyes" and "teeth" are commonly made out of acrylic. In this case the jaws are not just for show, they must be able to lift around 130 kilograms (300 lbs) and when required, tear into doors.
CLEVER DESIGN - This larger than life ant robot has the electronic wiring printed on the exoskeleton of the insect.
ZOO KEEPER - A giant leafcutter ant, one of the Xtreme insects at Brookfield Zoo, Illinois, USA. Brookfield Zoo, also known as the Chicago Zoological Park. The park is located in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield, Illinois. It houses around 450 species of animals in an area of 216 acres. Address: 8400 W 31st St, Brookfield, IL 60513, United States. +1 708-688-8000
EXPLOREUM - A gulf coast animatronic display being installed, this one a giant (stag like) beetle. Note the operating systems and pressure cylinder actuators.
Jaws is the name of a famous film with Steven Spielberg at the helm of the camera. Jaws are also one of the main features of this project, Amazingly, an ant can hang upside down from a branch from its feet, while carrying a 500 gram weight in its jaws. That is 100 times its body weight. The neck joint of an ant can take 5,000 times the loading of its own body weight. That makes sharks seem pretty lame.
HUMANOIDS - The subject of science fiction at the moment, but with more engineers and artists getting involved, one day humans may have droids to sort out everyday chores and as companions for the elderly and disabled. There are thus serious social advantages to developing animatronic robots. We'd like one please. You should see Ex Machina as the warning on the label.
It is though, a whole different ball game. You can start off with a steel frame and hard actuators, but soon you will be into simulating body touch and feel, including temperature, with looks being perhaps the most important aspect. If you are going to have a robot about the house, it might as well look pleasing, like a beautiful painting or car. We call this soft furnishings. Did you know that our bones have roughly the same strength tensile as cast iron. Not that strong, and that is why we sometimes break them, even with our pain and caution software hard wired into us. The good news about humans is that for minor injuries, we self-heal.
WHAT IS MECHATRONICS ?
A mechatronics engineer unites the principles of mechanics, electronics, and computing to produce a robot that looks and acts like the real subject, even where there is no real subject. In the case of larger than life insects, we call it "insectronics."
MUSEUM PIECE - The Natural History Museum in London uses animatronic models of dinosaurs to bring their displays to life and entertain visitors. The trend continues to make this one of the fastest growing business areas for young engineers to get their teeth into.
WARNER BROS. - One of the giant ant props at the special effects workshops of the famous film company back in 1954. Wow, if we had that space and their budget! In the film world, anything is not only possible, but expected - and right now. Audiences are hungry for their next sci-fi fix.
BANKING ROBOT - MISUBISHI UFJ, NAO
biggest bank is preparing to unveil robot employees with a human touch.
BORIS - Boris is a life sized humanoid robot from Globalnet 360 designed for human interaction in a public environment. Boris is fully interactive, multilingual, and user-friendly, making it a perfect device with which to communicate and entertain. He is available for hire to perform at your venues, complete with a roboteer to create custom content. We saw a demonstration where Boris changes from blue to red to simulate anger. His eyes change colour and the machine waves its arms about.
CONTACT: 360Globalnet Ltd, Bourne House, 475 Godstone Road, Whyteleafe, Surrey CR3 0BL. Tel: 01883 621000
LOWER GROUND FLOOR STAND No 60 - Potentially of interest to BMS for marine animatronics applications was a linear actuator that is around 65% efficient. Dr Graham Whitely (Tech Dir) and Craig Fletcher (Man Dir) were on the stand to explain the advantages of the system to our roving delegate. Wavedrives Limited are developing a range of what amounts to electro-mechanical muscles for prosthetic or robotic applications. Wavedrives is a spin off of Elumotion Ltd’s patent system. Their focus is on sustainable, electro-mechanical and robotic solutions capable of human-compatible motion that is smooth and judder free with fine control.
CONTACTS - Unit 1, Wansdyke Business Centre, Oldfield Lane, Bath, BA2 3LY. Tel: 01225 466633 Web: http://www.wavedrives.com/
LASERS - An example of a laser driver circuit diagram without a potentiometer and a 4 ohm resistor. Lasers are now used as weapons on US Navy warships as part of their strategic development. Lasers are useful for robotic systems. In the case of a robot ant, lasers may be useful for ranging and stinging as a simulated warning mechanism.
TAZERS - A 20,000 - 150,000 volt charge combines with the electrical signals from a human brain to confuse it. At its most basic, this is all there is to incapacitating a person with a stun gun - you apply electricity to a person's muscles and nerves, and since there are muscles and nerves all over the body, it usually works to deter an aggressor.
THE GUARDIAN DEC 2014 - NESTLE COFFEE SELLING ROBOT MACHINES
George Clooney – Nestlé has employed a fleet of chirpy robots to sell its coffee machines in Japanese stores.
PALM BEACH DAILY NEWS AUG 2015 - Susan P. Cochran’s giant ant sculptures “X” and “O” have been installed at UF in front of the Florida Museum of Natural History as part of the university’s Creative B summer program. Photo Courtesy of Kristen Grace, Florida Museum of Natural History. Eye-catching work by the Palm Beach artist is now on view in Gainesville as part of a public art project sponsored by the University of Florida. The cast bronze sculptures are two 6-foot-by-9 ants titled “X” and “O.” The outdoor installation opened with a reception July 7 at the Florida Museum of Natural History, and will be on view there for one year. By Jane Fetterly
The University of Florida campus in Gainesville has research sites throughout the world. But the Museum is more than facilities and a repository for millions of specimens and artifacts. Their faculty, staff, part-time employees and volunteers are passionately committed to learning and communicating to others the fascination we share for our natural and cultural worlds.
The US military is currently looking for robot specialists to build swarms of war drones that work together without the need to be individually controlled by pilots on the ground.
MIT'S CHEETAH - Cambridge, Massachusetts - it's a robot inspired by the world's fastest land animal, controlled by video game technology and packing nifty sensors - including one used to maneuver drones, satellites and ballistic missiles. The robot, called the Cheetah, can run on batteries at speeds of more than 10 mph, jump about 16 inches high, land safely and continue galloping for at least 15 minutes - all while using less power than a microwave oven. In the above (Oct. 24 2014) photo, a robotic cheetah runs on an athletic field at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. MIT said the robot, modeled after the fastest land animal, may have real-world applications, including prosthetic legs. Note that a robot land speed record has never been set. This would entail running unaided and un-tethered for a set distance in two directions. It must be that same stretch of land, or track and the timed runs must be within an hour, just like any other Land Speed Record. The laboratory tests where the Cheetah was timed at around 28mph are fake results, latched onto by the media (in good spirits - but nevertheless misleading to the public). A robot claiming a land speed record must run outside of laboratory conditions and carry its own power supply.
Scientists at MIT's Biometrics Robotics Lab have now trained their robotic Cheetah to see and jump over hurdles as it runs, making this the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously. The cheetah's previous greatest accomplishment was that it was able to run untethered. MIT researchers Hae Wong Park, Patrick Wensing and Sangbae Kim first tested the robot's agility on a treadmill in their lab and then let the robot off its leash to see if the robotic cat could run and jump on its own. The Cheetah, which weighs about 70 lbs, cleared 18-inch hurdles while moving at a speed of 5 mph. It has been claimed that the robot can run at 13 mph on a flat course. That is of course amazing and we'd like to see some footage of that speed if anyone can point us to that? What a shame this was not timed - or maybe it was? One thing, there is no bodywork to protect the machinery and electronics. Bodywork, or Armour, will add significantly to the mass of the Cheetah, reducing its performance considerably. Until protected, even from the elements, this machine is extremely vulnerable. One shot from a low output laser will cripple the exposed electronics.
ALPHADOG FOUR LEGGED CARRIER MULES
BBC NEWS JULY 2015 -
A gaggle of engineers standing around the table flinch as, unannounced, a warning barks out from a massive, tripod-mounted speaker. A targeting square blinks onto the computer screen, zeroing in on a vehicle that’s moving in the camera’s viewfinder. The gun’s muzzle pans as the red square, like something lifted from futuristic military video game Call of Duty, moves across the screen. The speaker, which must accompany the turret on all of its expeditions, is known as an acoustic hailing robot. Its voice has a range of three kilometres. The sound is delivered with unimaginable precision, issuing a warning to a potential target before they are shot (a warning must precede any firing, according to international law, one of the lab-coat wearing engineers tells me). “Turn back,” it says, in rapid-fire Korean. “Turn back or we will shoot.”
SELF IMPOSED RESTRICTIONS
At the DMZ, the thin strip of no-man’s land that separates democratic South Korea from the dictator-led North, DoDAAM and its competitor Samsung, who also designed a (now-defunct) automated turret, ran some tests with the Super aEgis II. The DMZ is the ideal location for such a weapon. The zone has separated the two Koreas since the end of official hostilities in 1953; because they never signed a ceasefire, the DMZ is an uninhabited buffer zone scrupulously guarded by thousands of soldiers on both sides. Not only does the turret never sleep and not only can it see in the dark (thanks to its thermal camera), once it's pointing in the right direction, it can be sure that any moving targets identified in the area are enemies. Things become more complicated when the machine is placed in a location where friend and foe could potentially mix, however. Currently, the weapon has no way to distinguish between the two.
ATLAS - Atlas is a bipedal humanoid robot primarily developed by the American robotics company Boston Dynamics, with funding and oversight from the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The 1.8-meter (6 ft) robot is designed for a variety of search and rescue tasks, and was unveiled to the public on July 11, 2013.
LEGO MINDSTORM - Based on components from the well know range from Lego, this project by Sheffield University & City College in Thessaloniki, Greece, shows what is possible when you put your mind to something - beginning with basic building blocks. Students had to build a robot and then program the 'ants' to find food for the colony.
In this context the provision of human overrides make sense. It seems obvious, for example, that pilots should have full control over a plane's autopilot system. But the 2015 Germanwings disaster, when co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 passengers, complicates the matter. Perhaps, in fact, no pilot should be allowed to over-ride a computer – at least, not if it means they are able to fly a plane into a mountainside?
OVERKILL - Imagine the size robot you'd need to field one of these weapons. It is harking back to the days of tanks. The logistics are mind boggling. When it comes to autonomy and killing humans, the responsibility goes back to whoever places the robot(s) in a battle zone. Our legal expert says that it is possible to write software that is safe, but that will of course include human overseers (the ones operating the robots or fighting a battle) and robotic safeguards to prevent humans causing deliberate loss of life - as in when a commander, pilot or whoever, loses the plot. It is surprising that more armies around the world are not using robots to patrol borders. Not only would that save human lives, but would also be far more of a peacekeeping solution than the present system that really only serves to keep arms dealer rich.
THE PARKOUR ROBOT - UNIVERSITY PENNYSYLVANIA - Parkour is all about hurling yourself quickly and efficiently past whatever obstacles are in your path while maintaining as much momentum as possible. It's a challenge for humans, so how would robots fare? In an effort to push the boundaries of robotic agility, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania decided to find out by teaching their RHex robot some Parkour moves.
For motive power, the XRL depends on six 50 watt brushless pancake electric motors by Maxon (one for each leg). The actual peak power for these motors is about 380 watts, or about half a horsepower. These motors are geared down by a factor of either 18:1 or 23:1, depending on the nature of the landscape on which it is being tested. Powered derives from a ten-cell lithium polymer battery with a capacity of 83 W-hr at 37 volts. Battery weight is about 0.6 kg (1.3 lb).
Titanomyrma is a genus of
prehistoric giant ant. The latest species to be discovered, T. lubei, was described in 2011, when a 49.5 million year old fossilized winged queen ant, comparable in size to hummingbirds, was found in Wyoming. This fossil is the first fossil of a giant ant found in the Western Hemisphere. The presence of Titanomyrma in North America is considered to indicate "the first reported cross-Arctic dispersal by a thermophilic insect group". Another fossil species of this genus, T. gigantea, is the largest known fossil or extant species of giant ant in the world.
LARGEST LIVING ANTS
The largest living ant in the world today is the Queen Driver Ant. Whilst the minions beneath her are just 5 millimeters in length and soldier ants are slightly bigger at 15 millimeters – the
queen grows as long as 5 centimeters.
The Bullet Ant can get up to 3 centimeters and the Bulldog Ant 4
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Dr Paul Graham
FICTION - ANTARCTIC DISCOVERY - Scientists get very excited when they find an extinct species of giant insect in the Antarctic ice. Please note that this drawing is copyright © Jameson Hunter Ltd 2015. You will need permission from Jameson Hunter to be able to reproduce it.
LEFT - Movie idea, lurking beneath the Antarctic ice is a discovery that scientists will die for. This story is now the subject of a low budget trailer to be produced mostly in the UK. The promoters are looking for backers. The UK will contribute 20% toward production costs. Roughly 60% of a low budget film may be pre-sold as distribution rights, leaving 20% finance to source. The deal is that investors recover 120% on their project stake within 12 months of shooting, with an income stream thereafter from networks and merchandising. Producers and directors please take note that there is a significant audience for well made movies of this genre. Look at what happened when they remade Godzilla. MIDDLE L - 1954 Warner Brothers movie poster for "Them." The plots are completely different, but the idea is similar, save that there is a degree more plausibility in the scale - and we hope, the ants to be used in the film. MIDDLE R - 1977 film poster for Empire of the Ants, based on the H G Wells novel. RIGHT - 2015 movie from the Marvel graphic novels of the 1960-70s.
ANTICS - ARDUINO - ARMOUR - ARTWORK - BIOLOGY - BLACK BOX - COMPUTERS - ELECTRONICS - ENERGY - FRAME - HEAD - JAWS - JIMMY WATSON - KITS - LEGS - MECHANICS - MOTORS - MOVIE - PHOTOGRAPHY - RASPBERRY Pi - R/C DRONE - SENTRY - SOFTWARE - SOUND PROOFING - SPEED - SUSPENSION - TAIL - WEAPONS - WARGAMING
GIANT MECHANICAL ANT - Phineas and Ferb is an American animated comedy-musical television series. Originally broadcast as a one-episode preview on August 17, 2007. The series officially premiered on February 1, 2008 on Disney Channel, and follows Phineas Flynn and his English stepbrother Ferb Fletcher on summer vacation. Every day, the boys embark on some grand new project, which annoys their controlling sister, Candace, who frequently tries to reveal their shenanigans to her and Phineas' mother, Linda Flynn-Fletcher, and less frequently to Ferb's father, Lawrence Fletcher. The series follows a standard plot system; running gags occur every episode, and the b-plot almost always features Perry the Platypus working as a spy ("Agent P") for OWCA (the Organization Without a Cool Acronym), to defeat the latest scheme of Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, a mad scientist driven largely by a need to assert his evilness. Sometimes, other villains scoff at his level of evil. The two plots intersect at the end to erase all traces of the boys' project just before Candace can show it to their mother.
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