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Should I, or should I not, build a large robotic tarantula?
Ragtime, that's exactly what you should do. I mean that sincerely. 50%  50%  [ 9 ]
It will frighten small children, and give the elderly heart attacks. Go for it! 17%  17%  [ 3 ]
You are a sick, sick man. Do the right thing and build a scorpion instead. 17%  17%  [ 3 ]
Isn't marriage scary enough? 17%  17%  [ 3 ]
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12 Mar 2009, 2:00 pm

...a large, robotic tarantula?

Some of you may remember I was working on this a year-and-a-half ago. I had drafted the blueprints, built the battery pack, purchased the motor, completed one leg -- and then I met my wife ( :D ) . So, should I finish it, or not?

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12 Mar 2009, 2:01 pm

I'm all for it! DO IT!



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12 Mar 2009, 2:12 pm

absolutely go for it, honeymoon can't last forever :P


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12 Mar 2009, 2:15 pm

If the wife have no major problems with it..

Yes. Get building. I have thought it through and
i haven`t found even one good reason not to do it :)

If she have problems with it, smooth them out and
then start to build :)

If she threatens to leave, hurry up and put the tools down i think :lol:



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12 Mar 2009, 2:21 pm

ImTheGuyThatDidThat wrote:
If the wife have no major problems with it..

Yes. Get building. I have thought it through and
i haven`t found even one good reason not to do it :)

If she have problems with it, smooth them out and
then start to build :)


She said she actually finds the process fascinating.



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12 Mar 2009, 2:22 pm

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40debSRrAOw[/youtube]

like this one?



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12 Mar 2009, 2:24 pm

Build the scorpion. 8) Spiders freak me out. :eew:


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12 Mar 2009, 2:28 pm

I'd pay to see a large, robotic tarantula.



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12 Mar 2009, 2:32 pm

Ragtime wrote:
ImTheGuyThatDidThat wrote:
If the wife have no major problems with it..

Yes. Get building. I have thought it through and
i haven`t found even one good reason not to do it :)

If she have problems with it, smooth them out and
then start to build :)


She said she actually finds the process fascinating.


Well, time to break out the tools then :)

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12 Mar 2009, 2:49 pm

Learning2Survive wrote:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40debSRrAOw[/youtube]

like this one?


Na, I've seen that one before. It's cool, but I'm going for realism. I've even got the materials for the "skin" and "hair" selected. I'm trying to duplicate the anatomy exactly. I suppose that would make it an "arachnoid", like a human-looking robot is an "android".



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12 Mar 2009, 3:56 pm

Think I went a little overkill on making the battery?


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Combining those 129.6 volts with the motor producing ~350 inch-pounds of torque should give it plenty of power.
It took forever to solder those 108 batteries together, but the electrical system works perfectly.
I have to charge this "battery brick" 9 times -- one for each 12-cell group -- but it gets there in the end. :lol:
And the runtime is incredible. So, I suppose I'll put the finishing touches on the one completed leg tonight while my wife is at work. Wow, I've now totally gotten back in the swing of industrial hobbies -- I didn't think I still could! It's been a while.



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12 Mar 2009, 5:00 pm

Great to hear that the creative juices are flowing again. Awesome looking battery, Ragtime.


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13 Mar 2009, 2:16 am

Epic stuff. I should do something like that myself one of these days.

For now, it's getting me pretty motivated to get to work on actualizing the novel I've been working on off and on for the past few years. You're an inspiration!


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13 Mar 2009, 7:51 am

BobTheMartian wrote:
Epic stuff. I should do something like that myself one of these days.

For now, it's getting me pretty motivated to get to work on actualizing the novel I've been working on off and on for the past few years. You're an inspiration!


Wow, cool! And thanks. :) Being inspired is a wonderful thing.



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13 Mar 2009, 10:09 am

Well the poll is conclusive. Get to it!! And I'm going to want to see pictures of your progress :)