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Meet BugJuggler: The 70-foot, Car-Juggling Robot
First stage of the BugJuggler project will be construction of an 8-foot prototype that can toss and catch a 250-pound object.
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Jul 03, 2014

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Former NASA engineer Dan Granett thinks he's created the "new frontier in robotic entertainment." We're not so sure we agree, but fans of the 1999 film Iron Giant will certainly be on board.

Granett has designed a 70-foot-tall robot called BugJuggler that can juggle three cars, namely a Volkswagen Beetle that weighs about 2,700 pounds.

Here's how Granett says BugJuggler will work: "BugJuggler will use a diesel engine to generate hydraulic pressure. An operator located in the robot’s head will be able to control its motions using a haptic feedback interface connected to high-speed servo valves. Hydraulic accumulators - essentially storage batteries for hydraulic fluid - will allow for the rapid movement required for the robot to juggle cars or other large, heavy objects."

According to the DailyMail, "BugJuggler would also operate within a 'safety radius,' in case a car is dropped."

 The first stage of the BugJuggler project will be construction of a working 8-foot-tall, single arm prototype that can toss and catch a 250-pound object.

Granett and his team are currently seeking investment for the project, which he estimates will cost $2.3 million.




BugJuggler looks similar to the Iron Giant (pictured above).

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