Oct 10, 2007

Robotized elephant's trunk


Senior mechanical engineering students at the Rice University in Houston have constructed a robotic elephant's trunk (non-NXT, yet). It features 16 small links that offer 32 degrees of freedom in all.

Watch the nice (Real Player) video here.

This could be done with the NXT also, I think - but you'd need a lot of motors...

6 comments:

Eric D. Burdo said...

If I was going to tackle that project, I'd want to use some of the RCX motors (or the mini motors) and a multiplexor. This thing would be HUGE if you made it with the NXT motors.

RO1000 said...

I don't want to dicourage anbody or intimidate them, but I think this blog should be for NXT and RCX projects, not other robotic creations. This is getting extreme, but the "NXT Bot" blog doesn't have a single post about NXT, and I don't want this blog to become like that, either!

Talking Chimp said...

Somebody tell them that this was already accomplished with Doc Ock's arms in Spiderman 2.

Matthias Paul Scholz said...

ro1000,

I guess every serious NXT builder can do with some look beyond the own nose into the "rest" of the robotics community for inspiration now and then.

By the way, 98% of this blog's posts are concerned with NXT.

peter hoh said...

ro1000, part of the purpose of this blog is to inspire. Knowing what's going on in the rest of the robotics world is a big part of that.

RO1000 said...

Okay, that's true, but recently it doesn't seem to be 98% anymore!

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