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THE TOP THREE Re: [DPRG] Big Dog hits it good!

Subject: THE TOP THREE Re: [DPRG] Big Dog hits it good!
From: vincent lopresti spaceminers2010 at yahoo.com
Date: Mon Feb 15 13:59:01 CST 2010

is the cup half full or half empty? i say it is completely full and overflowing! with water and air. when you run out of water, maybe it's time to stop drinking up money and start breathing life into our projects together as a group by in-depth cooperation. i think the robotics hackerspace is a good idea but only if it's an 'all-on-one' approach. it seems like there are too many diverse projects. we should focus on the top 3 most important and useful personal robotics projects, draw out a business plan, build a powerpoint presentation, construct a virtual and/or actual prototype, and present everything to investors...    maybe apply for the 'shark tank' show.
 
if you ask me what the top 3 priority projects would be for the near future, i would say:
 
1. robot legs for the disabled. c'mon! it's 2010 already!
 
2. 'free'charge batteries [never needs to be removed from device or plugged into wall for charging. it collects energy from its surroundings]
 
3. super roombas! robotic maitenance-free kitchen and laundry appliances [never do the dishes or pick up your laundry again]
 

maybe not as fun as sumobot contests and roomba dances, but these 3 things are greatly needed in my personal life.
 
i am curious, what do you feel the top 3 priority robotic projects should be? and why?
 
robotrock =]

--- On Sun, 2/14/10, Pete Miles <robots at walkingrobots.com> wrote:


From: Pete Miles <robots at walkingrobots.com>
Subject: Re: [DPRG] Big Dog hits it good!
To: "vincent lopresti" <spaceminers2010 at yahoo.com>
Date: Sunday, February 14, 2010, 8:18 PM


 
the SBIR program is expected to either be canceled in September, or redirected back towards large businesses.  Either way, at least 70% of the small businesses will loose that source of funding.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: vincent lopresti 
To: DPRG List ; dickswan at sbcglobal.net 
Sent: Sunday, February 14, 2010 2:42 PM
Subject: RE: [DPRG] Big Dog hits it good!






why be so negative? check out www.sbir.gov
 
robotrock =]


--- On Sun, 2/14/10, Dick Swan <dickswan at sbcglobal.net> wrote:


From: Dick Swan <dickswan at sbcglobal.net>
Subject: RE: [DPRG] Big Dog hits it good!
To: "DPRG List" <dprglist at dprg.org>
Date: Sunday, February 14, 2010, 1:47 AM



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> Quinones, Jose wrote on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 2:01 PM
>  

>http://www.roboticstrends.com/security_defense_robotics/article/boston_dynamics_wins_30m_contract_under_darpas_legged_squad_support_system_ 

>   

>Will any of our robots have a chance at a grant like this? 

>   

  

Realistically no. The things we don’t have going for us include: 

·         Not politically connected. 

·         A flaky organization of “old farts”. J. No criticism intended; just a pragmatic assessment. 

·         No tie-in to academic institution or recognized faculty researcher as a principal investigator. 

·         No credibility. 

·         Likely a weak or non-existant to transition research into product. 

  

A $32M grant like this is impossible. If the objective was one of NSF”s $100K “small business” grants (I’ve forgotten the exact acronym) then there’s a slight possibility. But I’ve looked into these in the past and they tend to be pretty focused on a specific goal that my work has never seemed to match my work. 

  

If you go back and read the grant announcement you’ll see that it is related to DARPA’s “L3 Program” for robots. It’s a reasonable assumption that the Big Dog development team has been fully plugged into and connected to the L3 program since its initial concept and built Big Dog with just such a large grant in mind. 

  



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