A master tape from SRL’s legendary live performance on Van Ness in 1981 has been unearthed. Saved by KRON-TV’s Steve Jamison

The Steve Jamison master tape is a real-time recording, including the live music (by Billy Philadelphia’s live band) that played in the studio during the commercial break. I’m not sure who says, “You guys gotta help each other” at 17:05. At 18:00, you can hear Steve Jamison and you speaking about logistical matters for around 20 seconds before the television audience joins at around 18:30. The Steve Jamison master tape also includes the closing credits, which included a replay of some of the performance. You also don’t want to miss host Steve Jamison’s promotion of a SRL segment at the beginning of the program at around 1:05. He deems Mark Pauline as the “James Dean of the Junkyard.”

This deserves to be remembered for decades to come as a “legendary live performance” in San Francisco history.

Predator Arm Recent Testing

Sept 18 2021 – Mark Pauline and David Petchey testing the Predator Arm
Machine vision, video processing, AI software coded by David Petchey
Videos from Karen Marcelo and John Colle Rogers

Got latency down to a few milliseconds

Caught the Predator Arm in an empathetic robot sneeze

From Mark Pauline:

Boston Dynamics + SRL = future of entertainment…
Jesus, another BD parkour video! Getting tedious, unless, you look at it as training for an upcoming BD/SRL collaboration. SRL provides the robotic circus animals, special effects, and sets. BD throws in the humanoid performers, and maybe a Spot or two. Bingo! The perfect 21st century entertainment.
Imagine these humanoids backflipping over the Running Machine, dodging 6’ 200mph 2×4’s from the Pitching Machine, an Atlas walking right into the 30’ Motoman Flamethrower flame carrying a huge metal shield, the Spine Robot playing catch with an arm equipped Spot using ultra realistic severed human head props! All with a crazy SRL set backdrop.
Possibilities are truly endless.
Everyone just needs to think outside the box. Here at SRL, all we require is a team of laid off self driving car engineers who will work for free, to set up the mobile machine sensor systems here at SRL.
Oh, also, please, hire a real lead choreographer for the BD team, one with 43 years of designing crowd pleasing machine spectacles. (hint): Im available!
Interested parties please contact SRL.

New Screw Machine Radio Control

From Mark Pauline: Michael Shiloh installing the new radio control into the old screw machine. Soon we’ll be destroying paved surfaces all over the place!

Motoman Flamethrower Update

From Mark Pauline: Figuring out the lengths for the fuel lines etc on the motoman flamethrower cable bundle. All the parts are made now, a few days of adjustments then time to turn it all on and make some tests!