Robot "Desk Defender" that Fires Foam Missiles

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Description:
I need help designing a stationary desktop robot that fires foam missiles and I'm looking for an interesting concept design.

This robot would sit on someone's desk, connected to a computer, and would have the ability to fire foam missiles, motion track, and talk. It would:

* Plug into a computer with USB
* Be a stationary robot with no legs, it would sit on some sort of platform and needs to stay balance as it rotates
* Have a motion sensor
* Have a small built-in camera
* Have LED eyes and maybe mouth
* Have an internal speaker for talking and making sounds
* Rotate left and right on its platform
* Have foam missiles either on its arms or on a separate missile launching arm. The arm they are firing from should be able to rotate up and down for targeting.

It should be between 13 and 17 cm tall and at least 10 cm across (roughly).
Wants:
I'm really looking for some creativity here.

This concept is basically a cross between two existing types of products: (1) USB Missile Launchers and (2) "Desk Defenders."

* A USB missile launcher can be controlled from your computer and shoots foam darts

* A desk defender sits on your desk and "wakes up" when someone walks by. Then it will threaten them verbally (i.e. "You will be exterminated," or something similar.

I've attached some photos for you to get an idea of what I'm looking for, including some simple hand sketches I made (I'm not an artist).

I'm looking for a design that makes the robot look somewhat menacing, but also a bit funny/humorous.
Software:
  1. Any software you use

Entries

1st Winner
#9 The Desktop Defender V2 by Luka B.
Updated version of my first design.
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2014-07-08 16:19:58
#1 Robot "Desk Defender" by Irfan
Foam Missiles Fire Bot.
(irfanwin@gmail.com)
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2014-06-23 10:17:43
#2 The Desktop Defender by Luka B.
Hello!
As promised I posted (few hours late) my entry for the desktop defender contest.
- This design is meant to be used for presentation. The arms and body are rotationable but it has some limits. It is hard to achieve to hold the position without any other mechanisms, so I did that by using the elasticity of the material. In reality you will probably use servo motors and the design would then be different (atleast the connection).
Also the arms can come off if you pull them apart, they should hold the position but they won't handle any side forces forcing them apart of the body.
The design is solid, I can fix that if required because it will probably take longer to print but it will be more stiff which is for presentation probably better,
The width is 112mm, and the height is 170mm.
I would appreciate some feedback, so I can see if I am on track with my design.
Also any changes can be done if wanted - this is just my try to visualize something you have imagined.
Regards,
mcluka
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2014-06-27 22:49:18
#3 The Desktop Defender with renders by Luka B.
Unfortunately I clicked the wrong screenshot picture (it is my first time uploading here anything), so I had to make another entry of the same design.
For any extra information or extra renders/pictures contact me via gmail:
Lukabertoncelj38@gmail.com
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2014-06-27 22:57:20
#4 Robot_1 by jnatzic
Hello,
Here is my first rough draft design. Let me know your thoughts on it and if you like the design I can go ahead and make it far more detailed. If you don't like it I will come up with something else. I look forward to hearing your feedback.
Thanks,
Jake
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2014-06-28 20:48:06
#6 Desktop Robot by Aher C P
Desktop Robot
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2014-07-04 04:03:36
#7 V1 by Dat Le
this is only a concept of mine, if you like this, i will develop it that you can use it to 3d print
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2014-07-06 18:02:43
#10 Mech Desk Defender by Simon
this design may be a little complicated but as the winning model will be 3d printed this model has been designed to suit this requirement it stands at 0.3m tall and has sufficient space for required components as well as availability to turn at the hip
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2014-07-08 22:25:59
#12 Robot Desk Defender that Fires Foam Missiles by edward m barnes
2014-07-14 14:14:44
#13 Mech Desk Defender revision 2 by Simon
same design as the first revision with some improvements such as less missiles, webcam and tracking sensor as well as speaker grill fitted on rear of robot
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2014-07-14 20:19:37
#14 CR-006-V1 by Dat Le
Just concept, able develop to 3D printing.
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2014-07-17 16:14:36
#15 desk defender by vinya
HI! Billy ,
First of all thanks for launching this interesting contest I really enjoyed working on this. I have attached my robo here. With all the file formats that are required to you. Have a look at it from all the angle , it looks total fighting machine to me ,if you wish to rotate base then it would be more fun. From front this looks like tortoise robo fighting. Let me know if you want any changes
Have A great day
VInya
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2014-07-19 07:07:04
#16 V3 by Dat Le
a new concept, It's lager file, if you want to take it to 3D printing, let's scale it to bigger one,
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2014-07-19 17:35:08
#17 D-BUG ROBOT by Bogdan M.
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2014-07-21 21:28:02
#18 Foam Missile Defender Bot by KenCad
I will send solidworks files upon request.
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2014-07-23 03:39:56
#19 Robo-Foam Missile Defender by KenCad
I will send solidworks files upon request.
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2014-07-23 03:42:50
#21 D-BUG ROBOT REV.1 by Bogdan M.
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2014-07-23 20:29:11
#22 Foam Missile Bot Defender by KenCad
i will attach solidworks files upon request.
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2014-07-24 01:44:49
#23 desk defendar by vinya
Hi! Billy
I have attached single jpeg file here with little different colour scheme, this model is easy to manufacture and has the ability to make all the moves, this can shoot in all direction and has lots of space for internal mechanism .
Thanks,
vinya
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2014-07-24 05:16:51

Discussion

Billy

Buyer

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 02:01:43 +0000
Neutronix, I look forward to see what you come up with.

Billy

Buyer

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 02:00:59 +0000
Thank you for your design, Aher C P.

Aher C P

Designer

Fri, 04 Jul 2014 04:04:41 +0000
Hi Billy, I have sent just concept model, if anything more let me know

Aher C P

Designer

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 02:19:44 +0000
This is very interesting project. I will be help you & send 3d model as early as per your requirement.
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:17:28 +0000
I think I am in as wel.
This is an intresting project.

Billy

Buyer

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:40:46 +0000
Thank you mcluka. I look forward to seeing your design.

Luka B.

Designer

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:36:50 +0000
Great, now I fully understand your requirements. I will post my entry on friday evening due to other work. Regards

Billy

Buyer

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 03:50:55 +0000
Thanks for your comment mcluka. I will try to be more clear about what I am looking for.

At present, I do not need a fully working prototype, because I do not have the internal launching mechanism or electrical components.

What I do need is something that can be 3D printed and looks like it would work if you are just looking at it or taking a picture of it. I need this so I can try and get some interest in the project, before moving forward and actually developing it.

The functionality I need for this design is:
* It can rotate and stay in position if you move it by hand
* Foam missiles can be mounted on it and removed (But not actually fire). The missiles would rest on small "poles" like the ones in this picture.
(1) http://www.quickship.com/images/thunder-missle-launcher-shoots-4-082.jpg
* It should look like it has a motion sensor and camera (Represented by small indentations or bumps in the design).
* It should have small indentations for a speaker somewhere hidden
* It should have a place to attach some USB cord to the robot (non-working)
* I would also like a design the shape of the foam missiles. They could be around 6cm long. Examples:
(1) http://blogofwishes.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/usb-mlauncher.jpg
(2) http://www.redferret.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/usbrovingmissilelauncher.jpg
(3) http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTAwWDUwMA==/$T2eC16h,!)8E9s4l90QlBQ+dtWNkuw~~60_35.JPG

The overall style that I want is for it to look like a futuristic military defense machine (but with an interesting personality), and with dark colors .

Basically I'm hoping you can make a good guess about how much space all the internal parts will take up, based on what is currently existing in the market. But it is not critical. The design can be modified later if the project moves forward.

Luka B.

Designer

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:03:48 +0000
Hello,

I am interested in to this task, but I need to know if you only want a design with a render, or does it have to be modeled in "product ready to be printed/made" way, so to have the right wall thickness, to have the correct spaces for inner electronics etc?

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