Building His Own 18-Foot Robot | Popular Science

Carlos Owens had handled all kinds of machines as an army mechanic, but he always dreamed of using those skills for one project: his own “mecha,” a giant metal robot that could mirror the movements of its human pilot.SciTech, How 2.0, inventions, june 2009, prototypes, robotic exoskeletons, robots

Owens, 31, began building an 18-foot-tall, one-ton prototype at his home in Wasilla, Alaska, in 2004. Working without blueprints, he first built a full-scale model out of wood. Moving on to steel, he had to devise a hydraulics system that would provide precisely the right leverage and range of movement. He settled on a complex network of cables and hydraulic cylinders that can make the mecha raise its arms, bend its knees, and even do a sit-up.

via Army Mechanic’s Garage Tinkering Yields 18-Foot Mecha Exoskeleton | Popular Science.

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