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    IDW #313: J.E.S.T-R

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    J.E.S.T-R
    Jungle Expedition Support Robot


    : Deadline : April 30, 2017

    This round you are to design an autonomous robot who's function is to support a team of Jungle explorers. It should perform multiple duties including equipment management, medical support, filming, documentation and scientific experiments. Also it needs to be quiet, sleek and able to tackle the difficult terrain whilst not harming the environment.

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    1. Design a Jungle Expedition Support Robot
    2. That's it, now draw!

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    Well, I'm creatively blanking on my ChoW entry...migraines aren't helping.
    Which is just as well since I'll miss the deadline.
    So I started doodling some robots instead.

    I'm approaching this using bio-mimicry.
    This thing will be in jungle, so I drew inspiration from a bunch of various creatures that live there.

    Things like frogs, jumping spiders, worker ants, sloths, etc.
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    I have a more refined version in mind that's more like an ape. It can either pack-mule along the jungle floor on all fours, or take off the supplies and climb into the trees to be a closer observer.
    It will probably make use of different size drones: quadcopter and swarms of micro-robots.
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    It will primarily be soft-robotics, with a semi-rigid pneumatic body (think a roughneck version of baymax from Big Hero 6). The body would be light weight, flexible, be able to contract for storing and probably float in waterways. Being able to change the footprint size would change the ground pressure distribution of weight some, so as to disturb the environment less, and less likely to get stuck. It would also make it less prone to damage from falling or getting trampled.

    I still need to resolve the anatomy, scale and have some more details of equipment and power in mind I have yet to illustrate.

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    InfernoKing, I hope you are feeling better. The design is really exciting and I think the Gorilla idea is perfect for the brief; nature knows what it's doing so is always a good place to start. I think there is an opportunity to express the supplementary components (drones, cameras, containers) within the form of the Gorilla with detachable / extendable parts.... maybe. Great work so far.
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    Thanks, Dayle.
    Traded in migraines for a brief vacation (Yay) but came back with a head cold (Boo), and I had to catch up on commission work - which incidentally is drawing robots.
    I do have some progress in this, which I'll post later, but won't get the final today.

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    I'll post a new round soon! Be sure to add ideas to the suggestions thread if anyone has any requests.
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