|Teal designed by Peter Holland, built by David Buckley
Teal isn't a robot, it is only a mechanical walking machine, but it is a precursor to today's walking robots and so deserves its place in history and it was one of the things which inspired me to build walking robots.
- Teal - HM
Tripetal Electric Ambulatory Locomotive
A design by Peter Holland, published in the 'Model Maker' June 1955.
Probably the first design for a walking vehicle to
be published in Britain as a construction project.
Built October 1976.
Size - 12" x 5" x 8".
If the centre foot was made to turn then with the addition of an electronic 'brain' Teal could become a robot.
In 1984 at The First International Personal Robot Congress & Exposition held in Albuquerque, I met Joe Bosworth, founder and CEO of RB Robotics who produced the RB5X. We met again in England in 1985 and I can't now remember how it came about but he was interested in Teal, so I made Teal II for him. He has kept it safe all these years and the photo below is only a few years old.
I made a few changes, Teal II runs from 2 C-cells instead of the 4.5v flat flash-lamp battery and instead of the spring steel wire of the original it uses wire from a cut up coat-hanger. The motor is under the main crank axle which means the rubber drive bands can be changed without unclipping the secondary pulley and layshaft.