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Project Zeta


Entry ID #: 611
Created: Tue, Jan 10, 2012 7:45 PM

Project Zeta is a humanoid robot designed to perform human tasks in science and industry. Since it is not mechanically specialised for a particular task it can be reprogrammed to do any task that a human would be capable of. Zeta is suitable for operation in hazardous environments where human-like abilities are required but it is unsafe for humans themselves. It is designed to be feasibly constructed in reality, with a large number of motors used to ensure that it can lift realistic weights.

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   user394816 on 01/17/2012

nice confidence i like it

   bobsalive on 01/15/2012

@Gursimran Singh Bains - it doesn't say anywhere in the rules that it has to be a competition robot - we are trying to show what can be done with vex equipment, and size shouldn't be a limitation to your imagination. @EDWARDZAHHH We started around October, and finished at the end of December, while studying and all that. In short, quite a bit of time was invested in this project, so we are hoping to be able to create something physical and real from it so we can see the tangible results of our design.

   EDWARDZAHHH on 01/15/2012

Wow, this is an amazingly ambitious design. How long did it take to CAD?

   user394816 on 01/15/2012

nice one but VEX robots r small robots not huge like a humanoid

   bobsalive on 01/12/2012

Thanks very much mbrunn and Alastair for your kind words. We are looking at trying to build something like this robot, but we're focusing on the campaign to World Champs at this stage so this project might have to wait until May. Only then will we be able to put any qualms about feasibility to rest...

   AlistairMunro on 01/11/2012

I have to agree myself with the interpretation being relative to the task being attempted. The more relevant point is how 'efficient' the design is, which is equally relevant to all entries. As for the point of powere consumption, I can't say I see aproblem there either. For the challenge, robots are not expected to comply with competition style regulations and so it would be quite reasonable that this would utilise an alternative power source, or just a very large number of VEX batteries. The rest of the componentry we can see here is all VEX, so I would have no problem with this still being classed as a VEX robot. This entry shows a huge amount of work, and to have a feasable, finished design that is as you say already this streamlined indicates a very comprehensive design process and refinement of the design.

   bobsalive on 01/11/2012

Thanks sparksgirl! Our team put a lot of effort into this project. @mathman123, I don't mean to be argumentative, as I agree that it may not be very simple in comparison to other entries, but one way to look at it is "is it simple for the task they set out to achieve?" We simplified this design A LOT but a bipedal humanoid robot is always going to be quite complicated XD

   sparksgirl on 01/11/2012

This is amazing! Definitely made my jaw drop! GREAT JOB!!! :)