Gakken Company, Ryuuichi Tomiya, Masahiro Mori
In "Micropede" which are the legs of Shellmo, the moving algorithm of "Mechamo Centipede" has been adopted. "Mechamo Centipede" was sold in 1972 by Gakken Company. I was so captivated by this perfectly unique mechanism that I acquired the Centipede of the reprint from which I learned a great deal. I wish to pay my respects to Gakken Company, Ryuuichi Tomiya and Masahiro Mori who are the birth parents of the Mechamo Series.
History of Mechamo(Japanese):
In "Octalegs" which are another set of legs, I have adopted Theo Jansen's link mechanism with some changes*. This mechanism is simple, but it is extremely unique at the same time. Moreover, I think that the generosity with which the creator offered it for the use of countless others, rather than monopolizing its patent, is precisely what the philosophy of open source is all about. I wish to pay my respects to Mr.Theo Jansen who has given birth to this mechanism.
Theo Jansen Japan Official Website:
Arduino which is required to control Shellmo is not only wonderful as a "microcomputer board", but it also shows what a great contribution the pioneer of Open Source Hardware has made in showing its possibility to the world.
All the parts that formed Shellmo's body were make with 3 D printing, using Shapeways. The latter is not simply a 3 D printing service, it demonstrates the new way of making things with the user's participation.
The definition of Open Source Hardware has shown me the way Shellmo should advance.
It is a great inexpensive 3 D printer. I have been using it to carry out the trial manufacturing and production of Shellmo's parts.
Nearly all of the electrical system parts that form Shellmo are available.
The moving of the Hermit Crab which took place in my tank provided me with the occasion that enabled me to come up with the concept of the modularized Shell. Dear Hermit Crab, thank you!
HermitCrab - Wikipedia:
Father and Mother, thank you very much.
If mother didn't teach me that "what is heart", there were no "heart" in Shellmo.
If father didn't teach me "how visual is important", there were no "Shell" on Shellmo.
I am looking forward to being together.