The second mud robot was built considering shipping and quick assembly requirements and features a new mud skin made with clay.
The prototype consists of a 48-inch diameter spherical truncated icosahedron, composed by 12 pentagonal and 20 hexagonal plywood-material frames with an interior polycarbonate skin. The hexagonal and pentagonal frames have a series of ‘hooks’ that allow the tension weaving of a round reed layer that serves as substructure for an exterior hand-plastered wet clay skin.
Inside the sphere, a large battery powered two-wheeled device built with two gearmotors of 1300 in-lbs peak torque spins at high speed allowing the robot to move and rotate. This prototype allows both remote control applications and an autonomous performance.
Paula Gaetano Adi & Gustavo Crembil
Design Assistants: James Bradley, Tiffany Chiang, David Pelcher, Elias Darham (RPI)
Robot autonomy and programming: Mengyu Chen (RISD)
Funded by RISD Bridge Grant 2015.
Produced for ISEA at Boca del Lupo and presented at Vancouver National Art Gallery.