Track Robot – New ESC Controller testing

by srl on January 29, 2015

The Track Robot rises from the dead. Testing the new quad speed controller for the Track Robot on the tread motors. The ESC’s are rated for 150 amps @ 24VDC on the made in china scale so cut that in half. They seem ok for regular duty. However, I determined that if you operate at full throttle, forward /reverse as fast as you can move the stick about 30 times, they will literally explode! At SRL this is a feature, not a bug, and a great way to get around Pyro limitations!

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OC Robotics Snake vs SRL Spine Robot?

January 5, 2015

BoingBoing’s David Pescovitz wonders what would happen in an encounter of OC Robotics Snake Robot vs SRL Spine Robot. What would SRL come up with with a few million $ – investors should find out! SRL debuted the Spine Robot at the Explosion of Ungovernable Rage show in 2010.

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New Wheels for the Spine Robot

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Mark finished making new hard tires for the Spine Robot Mobile Platform. The originals were made using small Jet Aircraft tires. While these tires are almost 2″ thick and 16 ply, there was too much flex when making tight turns, leading to the tires folding inwards and stalling the turn. The roller bearings were removed […]

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Jet Powered Whistle at The Lab

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Here’s a video of the short but sweet kick off to The Lab’s 24 Hour Telethon to raise funds for their renovation and continued operations. It took about 5 minutes for SFPD to end it all but the telethon was a success and SF gets to keep The Lab and all the art, culture, music […]

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SRL at The Lab

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UPDATE:  Some images of the short but sweet Flame Whistle kick off of The Lab’s 24 hour Telethon - stay tuned for more images and video here We’re bringing the jet whistle to kick off The Lab’s 24 Hour Telethon this Saturday Nov 15 at noon to fund their renovation and continue to bring exciting art, […]

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Motoman Smoke Test

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This is a smoke test of the MotoMan Flamethrower. This lightweight Flamethrower will mount onto a Motoman UP50 arm and move around while generating a 20 ft flame. A smoke test is useful for determining the flame length of a blower type flamethrower. The flame will be about 20% longer than the length of the […]

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Now Hiring!

October 29, 2014

SRL is looking for a location scout. This is a paid position. Job description: To locate a suitable site for a large scale SRL machine performance in the bay area, (NOT San Francisco, as we’re banned from ever performing there by the SFFD). To get permission to use the site from the owners. To procure […]

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Mark Pauline Speaks at LACMA – Nov 18

October 13, 2014

Being Human in a World of Robots – with Ken Goldberg and Mark Pauline Nov 18 – 7pm

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XFF Video

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A short edit of the video from the SRL at Extreme Futurist Fest Show from Dec 2012 at Center Studios in LA. Video edited by Steve Bage.

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Motoman Flamethrower Engine Test

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After fabricating the flamethrower attachment for the Motoman, Mark mounted the engine and tested the irritatingness of its sound effects. Next, 25 ft fire! This is the first start of the 550CC Two Stroke powered Flamethrower for the SRL Motoman UP50 Robot Arm. This is a light weight unit with a mixed flow axial fan […]

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