Rickshaw Man:- Conceived with a Computer CAD Program and built in Meccano/Exacto.
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A Rickshaw from South East Asia ~ 100 years ago...
This model was conceived after seeing a video on the Internet of a life size mechanical walking man pulling a chariot. Click here for the video.
Click here to see the model walking around our kitchen (in high resolution). For a low resolution version, click here. There's sound, so turn your speakers on! Thanks to my friend Tony Sorce, for lending me the camera and putting the movie together.
The model is driven by a pair of MW Models 12V geared motors, one for operating the legs and the other for controlling the rotation of the lower torso, and hence the direction of which the model walks. The model is powered from 10 'A' sized NiCAD rechargeable batteries in and beneath the Rickshaw's seat. The radio control system seen in these photos has recently been replaced with a microprocessor based 'Bluetooth' microwave link, to get around radio interference problems at the Toronto Hobby Show.
Last Updated: June 9, 2008