Technogames - 2003 Entrants
The Wide-mouthed frog
Light weight sprint
Ant-weight sprinter: about 100g
Son of Cyber Snail,
Ant-weight sprinter: about 20g
A development on from Boltons brilliant Loony cycle, this modified scooter has an automatic self-balancing mechanism based on a high performance ducted fan blowing air through two conical nozzles, a bit like a Harrier jump jet.
By changing the airflow between the nozzles, the bike can be made to lean and hence steer.
For 2003 Cyber snail has been fitted with steering.
This is done using a radio controlled beard whose angled bristles are turned by an inverted servo giving vectored thrust to the front of the snail which then turns, despite the Gyro trying to keep it straight.
Improved batteries and bristle positioning give a significant increase in speed.
See 2002 entrant page for more general details.
The hope was to encourage Technogames to run an ant-weight sprint over a few metres.
Both the Centipede and son of Cyber Snail were built to demonstrate the possibilities, but no contest took place . Maybe next year Mentorn?
A C02 powered 40 legged centipede based heavily on a hair brush, which walks with the correct rippling leg action; slow but very stylish!
A miniature pull start Cyber Snail for a 2m challenge, (ideal for the toy market!)