Due to the influence of that cartoons I decided to develop a robot for the end of course exam of "Manual Skills" at the school. Then Reck born. Unfortunately I only keep good memories of it in my mind that has allowed me to rebuild his image with CAD programs.
Reck was a "robot" (to say something) very simple, it had a rear-wheel drive allowing only back and forward movements, a set of blinking lights at the eyes and sound electronic devices located at the mouth, capable of generating terrible sounds. The system was governed from a remote control box via cable, with switches and potentiometers. The structure was composed of a wood base platform where the wheels, motor and batteries where. Over that platform there was the metal body, a 5 litters can of olive oil and over it there was the head, a soluble cocoa tin can, where the sound and blinking lights electronics were located
Some years before I started my first steps in the electronics world with some educational games that I could apply in the simple pure analog design of Reck.
Reck made possible the first first-class school mark of my life.
In the following years after Reck I was obsessed with the design of like human being arms and hands, as it could be seen in the following one where it could be seen a hand from the side of the thumb (the finger of the bottom of the picture) of a 5 fingers hand (1980).
|Robot hand (1980)|
|Oto Robot (1981)|
|micro-missile launching system (1981)|
During 1983 I was dedicated to the design of arm and hands. It seems to be a repeating obsession. What a pity that Internet was not available then. The books about robotics where almost inexistent at Spain.
|Robot hand (1983)|
After a pause, in 1986-87 I came back to my loved robotic stronger than before. Again another robot to design and develop. This time without name, but with quite a galaxy aspect.
I didn't know by then neither what was a servo neither what was a differential drive, so although this robot seems to have it because of the position of the three wheels, in fact he had an electromagnet based system for the steering.
|electromagnet based system for the steering (1987)|
|Robot head (1987)|
|Drive system (1987)|
In 1989 again came the obsession for arms and hands. I started with the design of an arm with a clamp as a hand with a similar side to a human being ones.
|Robot arm (1989)|
|Robot arm (1989)|