emails to the artist's brother - Roger Hertz - a PhD in Robotics from U of Toronto which describe some early developments in the project.
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 1995 21:01:47 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Garnet Hertz) yesterday i welded together a maquette [model] for the robot and did a gif drawing [will soon post as soon as i figure out ftp]. the basic configuaration will be like a tripod; there will be 2 front legs, each with a servo-driven tire. in this way ill be able to steer without a rack&pinion setup. the back leg  will either drag [with a slippery slider] or have a free-wheeling roller [shopping cart wheel]. would like to also include some sort of wierd actuator [water quirter] or sound device - but preferably something that would be visible with the lowres/lowspeed camera. might include a camera tilt [by moving camera or having a rear telescopic leg]. the overall feel will hopefully be 'rube goldberg-esque', goofy high-tech. /cables to computer -------/- O=| camera| ========= squirter -=|| \ || \telescopic? /| \ | | \ / | \ servos s s \ wheels 0 0 slider talk to you later
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 1995 08:41:48 -0400 From: garnet hertz
To: firstname.lastname@example.org roger - how hard is it to set up a simple controller... what im thinking of is having a little robot in a physical space with a camera on it [b/w]. the website would ideally have a screen and three buttons on it. one would move the robot forward and do a video grab, and the other two would move it 45degrees from side to side [and do a video grab]. i think if i serously wanted to do this, i should go and recruit some engineering geeks and ask them if they want to work on something for "spectrum"... anyhwo, gotta go garnet
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 1995 04:52:39 -0400 From: Garnet Hertz
To: Roger Hertz Subject: mobileteleroboticlivewebcam site UP! i have put up a project website. check it out for the latest news on the earth-shattering webcam! includes a sketch of the contraption and a picture of the 6.240 board, as well as links to related projects. truly unbelievable g