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21st Century Robot by Brian David Johnson

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Chapter 7. Body

With our robot’s design and brain complete, it is now time to start building the body. We start with Kipp Bradford, a biomedical engineer. We sketch out the first design for Jimmy’s body. Next, we go to Olin College of Engineering to work with Dave Barrett and his robotics program. Working with the students, we develop multiple designs for Jimmy, each solving the hard problems of getting a robot walking and keeping him social. Finally, Gui Cavalcanti and a group of makers at the Artisan’s Asylum assemble the first walking, talking Jimmy.

Robots Are Simple

Kipp Bradford was the first engineer and roboticist to join the 21st Century Robot Project. His enthusiasm and passion for open source robotics is infectious.

“Over the last 50 years, ...

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