Saturday, February 28, 2004

I contact Mike

Mike is a very encouraging about my project and offers to

Thanks Keith, I'm glad you like it. Feel free to ask me any questions that you have about it.



----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, February 28, 2004 12:07 AM
Subject: I love the minimechadon

I have the toy ATST from the starwars movie. And I've been wondering for years how to duplicate that as a robot platform. Your implementation is fantastic. I want to emulate your design.

I've built a few robots, no walkers, currently involved in a vacuum contest in Atlanta for May. I've been doing CAD since 85 and just finished a CNC class that's got me cutting instead of just drawing.

I mostly use the OOpic controllers, except for the palm pilot robot kit PPRK now sold by acroname "I have 3 of those".

I just want you to know that I'm serious, I want to duplicate your design. It's the best I've ever seen, and I've been scouring the net for a long time to find it.

You should really be proud of it. I thought when I saw the first picture "that's an impressive use of circuit boards as decoration and structure". You can imagine how suprised I was to see that it's not just decoration. Then I thought, walking is difficult, it must just be a very nice model. And so on ... I'm very impressed. The size too! incredible. I've got to have it.

One more thing, the way you've accomplished turning is very nice. I have thought alot about this, and I expected to put turning in the ankle, not much space for it there of course. Your answer is just brilliant.

I'll stop now. Please write a note back if you have time. I really, really, want to build one. Can you share it with me?

Keith Rowell

Atlanta Hobby Robot Club


I've wanted to build a walker of this type for some time and when I ran across this one, I needed to get feedback from my robotics friends.

Michael Smyth's Mini Mechadon

Have you guys seen this?
check out the 3d circuit board, and the walking movie with the pressure sensors on the feet...very, very nice.

from the Star Wars series