Re: Centaur suit

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Posted by Thundra on June 05, 2005 at 20:12:59:

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In Reply to: Re: Centaur suit posted by Gwen on May 16, 2005 at 18:00:41:

: Actually, horses can do both gaits. At higher speeds a horse usually falls into a trot, which is the left hind foot/right fore foot motion. Some horses, by either birth or training can do a "pace" gait, where both legs on the same side move together. It is one of the most comfortable ways to ride a horse.

: I have already made a prototype out of pvc pipe which is holding up very well, (thanks for the suggestion!) and I have already figured out what I cannot do. A true horse walking gait is too hard to reconstruct. I cannot shift enough of the weight of the damn thing while walking so it is very unsteady. So, I am going to reconfigure the mechanism. I am going to try out a trotting gait, as that is more recognizable as horse-like than a pace. Hopefully, it will be more balanced and easier to "steer" and I won't end up in the middle of the street with all four hooves in the air!

Hello, I'm new to the board. I was browsing around on the web and found this site. I have also tried making a centaur suit in the past for a personality of mine, and I had the idea to use pistons that were powered by water or air pressure. I had thought that perhaps these could be rigged to controls that the person wearing the suit would carry in their hands. Alas, this "roboCentaur" prototype of mine only got to the framework due to my family's budget.

I have some sketches of the layout sitting around here somewhere... I did configure the pistons so that the rear legs would move like a horse's legs.

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