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Submitted to DARPA as part of the application by the Society Of Robots' team in the Disaster Robot Grand Challenges / Humanoid Grand Challenge, 2012. 24 April 2012
Updated 19 December 2013
David L Buckley MBCS, MCybS

I create - Research Robots, Educational and Presentation Robots, and Animatronic figures for Museums and Heritage Centres

Here are three of my humanoid robot projects.

Shadow C6M Smart Motor Hand
Electric conversion for Shadow Pneumatic Dextrous Hand.
Summer 2008
For The Shadow Robot Company.

I designed the mechanical system and worked on the electronics for the conversion of the "Shadow Dextrous Air Muscle Hand" to the "Shadow C6M Smart Motor Hand" for use on Willow Garage's PR2.
The C6M Smart Motor Hand and Dextrous Air Muscle Hand are used in research by NASA and many Universities.

Willow Garage's PR2 showing off the Shadow Hand.
June 2010

Shadow Biped Walker 1988
In 1988 I created the Shadow Biped, an experimental human sized pneumatic powered biped which at the time was the most ambitious biped project outside of Japan, it was featured on NASA's robotics pages and in 2002 was specially invited by the Japanese to be on display at Robodex 2002 where it was voted 'favourite robot' by an exit poll.
It has now been acquired by the Science Museum London for their Permanent Collection. I restored it and delivered it there on 10th December 2013 and it was the star exhibit at the Director's Christmas Drinks Party where they show off to invited guests the latest acquisitions.

Shadow Biped appearances

  • 1990 - the BBC TV program Tomorrow's World, live on 18th January 1990.
  • 1990 - Robotix, The Robot Olympics Glasgow 1990 - Gold Medal for Best Robot at Robotix
  • 1990 - The Garden Party, TV program 12th September 1990.
  • 1996 - Robotix96, The Robot Olympics Glasgow 1996 voted 'Best Robot' by attendees.
  • 2002 - Robodex (Japan). Invited by the organisers, voted favourite Robot by an exit poll.
  • 2013 - Permanent collection of the Science Museum London.

    Discovery Channel - Extreme Machines: Incredible Robots 2001 (2of6)
    http://youtu.be/kZCGDYTdKG0 from 4:44 onwards

    Shadow Robotic-Leg 2005

      I created the human sized Robotic-Leg for North Carolina A & T University
      for a research project into powered prosthetic legs.