Troody the Robotic Dinosaur

Troody is a 16 DOF autonomously powered and controlled biped robot built to resemble a Troodon, a small carnivorous dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous.   Troody remains one of my favorite robots of all time; when I was younger, its bio-inspired design (based off of actual fossil aspect ratios) and its lifelike movements were inspirational.  Unfortunately, Troody may have been a bit ahead of its time -- there was little hope of commercializing such a complex robot for aspiring youngsters like myself to play with.  Meanwhile, Troody's homepage has gone extinct, Troody is now in a traveling StarWars exhibit hangin' out with Darth and Yoda, and Peter Dilworth has moved on to WowWee (the creators of another pre-historic dinosaur robot, the Roboraptor).  We will miss you Troody...

 

Troody the Robotic Dinosaur   Troody the Robotic Dinosaur

 

As I mentioned, Troody's homepage (actually, Peter Dilworth's homepage) is now extinct -- it has been pulled by the powers that be at MIT.   I'd be curious if old copies of his webpage (and videos in particular) still exist; we would be willing to re-post them here at Hizook.  However, what follows is (part) of what remains on the web...

 


 

From the MIT archives page.  

Troody, the creation of Peter Dilworth, is a 16 DOF autonomously powered and controlled biped robot built to resemble a Troodon, a small carnivorous dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous. In this video (below), Troody is shown standing up and walking across a desk (the cables provide power, start/stop control, and safety in case of a fall). Next Troody is shown taking a sharp left turn. Finally, Troody is shown taking a long battery-powered walk from our basement laboratory to visit Cog on the 9th floor (via the elevator). It only fell 4 times along the way. 

 

 

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