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Robart III (1992-2009)

Like its predecessors, ROBART III was a laboratory surrogate, never intended for real-world operation:  1) it was not waterproof;  2) its mobility was constrained to planar surfaces, so it could not ascend or descend stairs;  3) it was not defensively…

Robart II (1982-1992)

Work on the second-generation ROBART II began in mid-1982, with four general objectives: Make the system more modular to facilitate maintenance and upgrades. Employ a parallel-processing hierarchy of distributed microprocessors. Incorporate a more sophisticated mix of sensors in support of…

Robart I (1980-1985)

One of the first behavior-based autonomous robots, ROBART I was my thesis project at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.  This robotic security system was fully autonomous with no RF link or operator control unit (OCU).  If desired, a…

Crawler II (1968-1971)

During the latter stages of CRAWLER I development, I began experimenting with some miniature hydraulic cylinders fashioned by encapsulating 30- and 50-cc irrigation syringes inside copper-tubing sheaths with epoxy glue. Considerable force could be generated with one of these devices…

Crawler I (1966-1968)

I had been bitten by the bug during the construction of Walter, it seemed, and was now fascinated with the idea of building a free-roaming robot unencumbered by any sort of tether. There was little point in trying to refurbish…

Walter (1965 -1967)

WALTER was a 5-foot-tall anthropomorphic robot I constructed my sophomore year in high school as a science fair entry. Strictly a teleoperated system with no onboard intelligence, WALTER was capable of forward or reverse travel, using two 8-inch rear drive…

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