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I just came across a very nice collection of robotics links at http://www.machinebrain. com/.

Does anyone know of a good forum for robotics hobbyists? Machinebrain.com has a forum, but it's completely empty.

I just finished uploading a few MPEGs of some of my simulated robots: http ://www.packetgnomes.org/~nathan/video/Juice/

The dinosaur-like biped "Dihno" is the most sophisticated of the bunch, followed closely by the dog. With a joystick they can be commanded to turn as they walk, lean side to side, crouch, and so on.

I am working on a simulator for walking robots. It is specifically intended to aid in the the high-level design of the mechanics and movements (gaits).

At this point, it is possible to create a walking machine from beams and hinges, then animate the machine with simple motions, and steer the machine around under joystick control. It's harder than it sounds, but if it were easy I wouldn't have bothered with the simulator, right? :-)

Click here for details.

It's free software, but it's not yet open source. So far it has been tested on Windows 2k (with much success) and Windows 98 (with limited success).

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