|This is not as much about the wagon as it is about the robot that is pulling it. The robot is a platform that will be work in progress for testing different sensors and tools that will ride along.
|| My first attempt will be a robotic arm that will grab a bottle of water and hand it to someone in need of a drink. The robot is radio controlled and will also have the ability to be controlled through a video camera. This is known as FPV or “First Person View”.
Below is work in progress, as you can see it started as an electric wheelchair-
Last summer’s project is still in the works and due to be completed summer 2016. This was part of a total backyard restoration that we contracted out. We found a great landscape contractor, he had to be great his first name is the same as mine, that gave us a great deal for the total package. He is a “landscape contractor” that does great with hardscape and plant material but was lacking on the structural design of decks. Yours truly stepped in, produced a set of CAD drawings that enabled me to do a material takeoff for the treated beams and Trex decking that was to be used in the project.
RA/CAR is the rarest and most desirable 1/8 RC car of them all, these were the one of the first competition cars on the market. They were produced in the late 1960s by Ron Moody, RC car racing began in the USA in the late 1960s. This car was purchased as a kit back in the early 70’s, my father and I started it but was never finished. After my father’s passing, I found it up in the rafters hidden in a old dusty box. I kept it for a couple years, after seeing one listed on eBay and selling for over $2,000 I decided to finish building it. Mostly finishing the wire suspension and mounting components.
The engine is a Super Tigre G23 which has never been started. All of the delicate suspension was completed, cleaned up and looks new. The chassis is made of urethane foam with a layer of fiberglass over the top of it, which makes it light and strong. Also unique to these cars is the two speed + neutral trans-axle with a centrifugal clutch. It is a beautiful piece of engineering and in perfect working condition. A three channel RS radio was also purchased at the time of the car. It is used to operate the steering + throttle + gearbox. The body is a Lotus 78 painted and detailed matching the original full scale racing body. There are no body mounts as the body is only used for display purposes, for which it does very nicely.
338 W. Lincoln Ave Anaheim
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Back in the late 90’s I started working as a consultant for an engineering company. They developed master planned communities with 100’s of acres of land. They needed a way to monitor construction along with environmentally sensitive areas. With my background in model airplanes I came up with an electric airplane in 2001 that had a medium format film camera and a video down-link.
Images of my 1/4 scale 109″ wingspan cub.
Aerial images taken at about 1000 feet up.
Imagine a house in which the living room is a giant cabinet drawer, the garage is a bed and the third level consists of a deck designed as a huge chair. Mike and Robin Morgan aren’t just imagining, however. They have a serious intent of building this extraordinary “House of Furniture” designed by architect Tom Grondona.
By Carol Olten SD Union, 1984
The “Morgan’s House of Furniture” started out as a kind of Italian Rationalist box. Well, at one point we had to add a room, so we put this cube on the side of this, oh..almost like the side of a salt box…and it started looking like a drawer, and Mike, one of the owners who’s a cabinetmaker said “This thing looks like a drawer”. So, next thing we knew, we had put a handle on and had a wooden drawer coming out of the house. Then, the disaster came when Robin, the other owner, wanted to add another room. At this point we had another drawer pulling out of the house which made it sculpturally top-heavy. We had now searched with the clients for what they wanted. I said give me a week. I may come up with something different. Mike replied: “Don’t forget the drawer!”
That’s when the inspiration of doing a house with giant pieces of furniture came. We now have a 12-foot tall bed as a garage, a 25-foot tall chair as a viewing deck, a black file cabinet as the master bedroom and various other furniture parts making up the house.
Tom Grondona, AIA
I met John Long and John Hynd back in 1983 through Michele Needel, an interior designer. Our first project with Michele was an edit bay for A&G Productions, a video production company owned by the Johns’. Since then, John Long has been my challenge customer bringing me projects like I have never seen before. John moved to Las Vegas to cater the the Gaming Business. His customers range from slot machine manufacturers to casinos on anything from strategic planning, marketing or product design and his clients can be found in Australia, Japan, Europe, Latin America and of course, all over the good-old USofA.
Below are some of the projects John and I have worked on over the years, there are many more some of which John would shoot me if I made them public. Except for the bottom two photos, the rest of the images are all 3D modeled and rendered. The rendered images served as a great prototyping tool for his customers.