This 70ft tall robot can juggle cars. Yes, you heard us right. 70ft. Robot. Cars.
Dubbed the BugJuggler, at the moment it’s just the crazy pipe-dream of some ex-NASA and James Bond stunt engineers. However, if they can raise £17,500 they will be able to build an eight-foot tall working model arm to prove it can throw and catch a 113kg mass.
The final version will need to be able to throw and catch a 1,220kg VW Beetle. If the team can raise a massive £1.35million they claim they'll be able to make this sci-fi fantasy a working reality.
“BugJuggler represents a new frontier in robotic entertainment,” said Former Nasa engineer Dan Granett, the man behind the project.
He went on to explain how the robot will work: “It will use a diesel engine to generate hydraulic pressure. An operator located in the robot’s head will be able to control its motions using a haptic feedback interface connected to high-speed servo valves.
“Hydraulic accumulators – essentially storage batteries for hydraulic fluid – will allow for the rapid movement required for the robot to juggle cars or other large, heavy objects.”
The one thing that he didn't mention is quite what he'd use a 70ft car throwing robot for. Applications are quite limited, though it'd make for one hell of a half-time show at you favourite sporting event.
Take a look at the video above to see how the BugJuggler will look in action.