Originally this robot was supposed to detect people as they walked into the space, go after them and start spouting useless trivia that they didn't need to hear.

This was the 2nd robotics project I ever tackled, and of course, I didn't altogether know what I was doing. This short piece shows some of the building process: the aluminum leg mechanism, riveting on the blue rubber skin...

I trawled far and wide for trivia on everything from chickens to sports from antique children's encyclopedias, legal tomes, and the internet. It never walked, it limped in a kind of endearing way. The second time I exhibited the motor controller over-heated and started smoking.

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