News: Ex-NASA scientist seeks development cash for car-juggling robot
By John Evans Published 03 July 2014
IT BEATS juggling balls.
A former NASA scientist is hoping to raise $2.3m to build a robot capable of juggling cars.
Dan Granett, who used to work for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory developing landing craft, rovers and robots for space exploration, has designed a 70ft tall juggling robot. The BugJuggler can juggle cars but as its name suggests, is partial to juggling VW Beetles.
It has hydraulic limbs powered by a diesel engine. Hydraulic accumulators, that boost pressure, provide the extra energy necessary for quick juggling movements.
It can be controlled by an operator on the ground or, more interestingly, sitting in a chamber in its head.
At the moment, BugJuggler is just a computer-generated concept, but if he can raise the development funds, Granett could have produced the best thing since Chris Bliss juggled the Beatles.
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