I should kickstart a live stream video production called “learn to build a robot that will look like you, walk like you, and talk like you – design genius in action.”
Live stream it pay per view and use the money to pay me minimum wage for my salary to viewers. Can Kickstarter sell my work building the robot and researching it an hour at a time funding for everyone to watch? I guess I want a kickstarter chat cam? That would be an awesome job to build my robot as a kickstarter Chat cam and get a community who enjoys tuning in and chatting and providing financial support for project. They can follow along and build it with me for the first time.
I built several new muscles today! I’m feeling inspired and I’ve got one on the test rack lifting an office cooler water bottle for a 6 inch hight with 3 or 4 exhalations breaths into the air inlet tube. I’m using the purchased fishing net with the hexagonal weave and the Mylar inflatable balloons as bladders. The mylars very durable and with a nylon sock between the net and the mylar it could definitely get durability approval as a materials selection. The balloons have all aged over the last 2 years but and they suffer from expansion wear. I like that they stretch evenly though so balloons may still play a role in the Pneumatic robot muscle project.
I also started work on an inner tube based muscle that uses for an air bladder an bicycle inner tubes and could have some great durability over balloons for sure and mylar maybe. One thing I like better about the mylar is that it’s lighter and maybe stronger. But the inner tube has strong wear life I think so it might be the better choice for something that’s going to be in continuous motion and use for reliablity over a thousand hours. Plus bicycle inner tubes already come in the long thin shapes I want for long thin muscles that I can standardize and then combine in groups for larger muscles of the calves. Plus rubber might be machine 3D printing material and then I could make really custom muscles shapes by printing in rubber and layered in nylons for best shaping. Rubber is really easy to work with and patch too. I don’t know how to patch mylar balloon. Can those be patched? The mylar balloons make a crackling noise when they expand or contract. I’ve never tested the mylar balloon muscles for durability in repeated use. It’s still a proof of concept project and maybe not a production run of ready for market robot. The mylar is just so much lighter and more elegant. If a Make a robot that looks like a human, then I want it to look and move like a ballet dancer not a lumberjack. Mylar feels like a ballet solution and the rubber feels like I’m building a male lumber jack version of the pneumatic muscle human form robot.
I was thinking today about the manufacture of pneumatic robots. It’s completely possible to make any shape or form of rubber we want with mass production at an industry level, so lets imagine how these robots will be made some day soon once a critical mass of hobbyist get working on the project. We can make things like a simple and affordable valve by using electromagnets embeded on both sides of a balloon so that when electrified they either pull apart to open the valve or close together to close the valve tube and prevent air from going through. It would be very robust and durable if made right and very low cost and efficient too. We can also create things like relays and multiplexers an even amplifiers if we print the shapes in a 3d printer out of rubber or use other custom built to order programable construction techniques as a small scale then we can have distributed pneumatic power driven relays and such. I bet custom rubber molds are cheep and hobby level accessible. So this human form Pnuematic robot idea could really scale quickly and evolve into a refined product with a small critical mass of hobbyist or a dedicated business startup.