What is Next is Robotics. Yes, those funky little creatures with legs so they can step over, step around and (at last resort), step on things that would be in the way. Stepping around is, as in the woods, the preferred tactic. Step over is what you do when you are in a great hurry. Stepping on things has disadvantages. Such as, whatever you stepped on my be unstable, give way, be slippery and such. Leading to uncertain progress. It may also hurt innocent bystanders. And we are assuming that bystanders are innocent unless there is reason to assume otherwise. So yeah, stepping on things is a risk.
Why legs? For one thing, we have the choice with them of stepping over and around stuff. Whith wheels, we dont have that choice.
Why not just hover? Payload, weight and such – limited in hovering craft.
Why not just fly? Like an eagle, avoid the earthly troubles and whatnot? Because I want general purpose robots. Fliers are not general purpose.
So that’s it, I will make robots with legs. But I hear some friends saying, “creatures”, as if I am the creator? Well no I am not The Creator. But I will create these robots, together with whatever hardware manufacturing support I get. Maybe just 3D printers, maybe Arduinos, ARMs and Intels and whatnot will help. Details details.
If you would like to be part of this, you can contact me in the usual ways. You can also silently help by getting me things from my wish lists, that are attached to this site. Of course I will also accept other gifts. Airline tickets, clothing, food, medicines (yes I’m sick).