Prosthesis The Anti-Robot

Prosthesis: the world’s 1st, human controlled racing robot. Formula 1, meet the future. Let the races begin.
Jonathan Tippett
5 Team Members

What are these guys trying to do??

We are trying to save the future for the humans. With the relentless and unchecked automation of everything we do, we are trying to remind people that technology was invented to improve our quality of life, and that doesn't always mean just doing everything for you. Sometimes that means doing something really, really challenging. Sometimes that means taking on something that many have dreamed of, but no one has dared try before. Like building and learning to pilot a two story tall, 3500kg walking machine that you use your whole body to control, without computers to help you.

We are all volunteers dedicated to this cause, and building Prosthesis is something we strongly believe in. We believe that there are plenty of companies developing robots out there, and that's cool, but in order to preserve the balance between humanity and our technology, in order to be reminded that some of life's most gratifying experiences are earned, we need an anti-robot. We need an example of heart pounding hyper technology that puts the humans in pilot seat! We need Prosthesis: The Anti-Robot, and we need your help!

What is the point?

Well, aside from the above mentioned mission to create an unprecedented human experience for all those who are fortunate enough to ride the machine (and this campaign may be your only chance be one of them!), we are also benefiting our local community and the community at large.

We work closely with universities here and abroad to create for-credit projects for students. Over the last 3 years of developing this technology, we have mentored over 30 engineering and design students in a learning environment that simply cannot exist in a commercial context. Our entire team is made up of skilled volunteers, ranging from engineers, to fabricators to video game designers. Gathered under the roof of the eatART Foundation, an educational non-profit , the community surrounding this project is a rich and unique learning environment, for students and professionals alike. 

Beyond the immediate benefits to those directly involved in building such an absurdly ambitions project, we also take these projects to schools, science fairs and technology festivals to get people excited about what can be done with the creative application of engineering. The shear madness of taking on this world-first, without a business model, or corporate funding, serves as an inspiration those around the world with their own dreams. In a way, the success of this project represents the success of every impassioned maker,  tinkerer or dreamer out there who's ever had a great idea but been told..."How are you gonna to that? You're nuts."

Just ask visual effects legend Phil Tippett (no relation to project leader Jonathan Tippett). He did effects for Star Wars, Jurassic park and RoboCop. He knows the value of an inspired imagination.

"How are ya gonna do that?"

Oh, we're gonna do it alright. In fact, we're already well on our way. For starters, we are no strangers to making giant walking machines. We've already done something like this before when we built the Mondo Spider, a 750kg, human piloted mechanical spider. 

With what we learned about leg design, hydraulics, electric power systems and human controls, we have a huge head start to making Prosthesis a reality. In fact, we've already built one, fully functional, 2:3 scale prototype leg, complete with a positional feed back exo-skeletal control system, real-time pilot tunable suspension and a 50kW (65hp) 100% electric power plant. It's called the Alpha Leg, and it's already jumping! Here's a really early video of it before the electric conversion.

If you want to see where it is now, check out the tech tour in our updates!

Below is a rendering showing it next to Prosthesis to get a sense of scale and context.

The Alpha Leg has proven the technology and galvanized the team. There are no major technical hurdles between the dream and the reality. We paid for the Alpha Leg out of our own pockets and with support from eatART, local universities and some generous hardware donations from companies who believe in what we are doing. But we can't finish the machine with what we have. We need help from a larger audience. It will take an international village to bring the baby to life. It will take you.

What do you get out of it?

You get to be part of history (and maybe even a ride in the machine!) This project is born out of passion, with the purpose of expanding the scope of human experience. It's not for war, or money, or fame. It is to explore. Imagine if the moon mission was crowd funded and you'd chipped in. You'd feel pretty cool right about now. Especially if you had an original Apollo sticker, t-shirt or beer mug...or your name was written on the capsule! All these can be yours for this giant leap for human kind!

Check out the various ways you can show that you were part of the anti-robot revolution from the very start!

Sponsor a part of the machine!

Whether its a bolt for two bucks, a shock for forty  bucks or a whole leg for a couple of grand, you can become part of the permanent record of the creation of the worlds first 100% human controlled racing robot! We'll put your name on our on-line drawings for all the world to see, and when we are doing our world tour, you can say "I helped built that thing!"

Original 30" x 40" artwork

Local Vancouver artist, Dallyn Rule is producing a stunning depiction of Prosthesis in its future race setting. Here it is just partially completed....This one of a kind piece, or a limited edition print, could be yours!


How we're gonna spend it.

The money we raise is all going to go to purchasing critical materials and components:

  • High tensile chromoly steel - $18,000: Up to 5000 lbs of it to be precise.  

  • Hydraulic pumps, hoses, cables, fittings, etc. - $20,000: The muscles of the machines. Without these it wouldn’t move.

  • Electronics components - $7,000: To control and regulate the hydraulic and power systems. The human is still in control! 

  • Lithium Ion Batteries - $20,000: When your building a machine from the future, your power plant should also be from the future. No internal combustion permitted.

  • Tooling - $15,000: Specialized welding, fabrication and electronics tools and services, like water jet curring to turn raw steel into a functional machine.

  • Custom Trailer - $10,000: You can't just go to the local trailer shop and pick up a "giant robot" trailer. No point in making it if we can't share it! 

  • Work Space - $10,000: Space has been heavily subsidized by the eatART Foundation, but we're going to need to up-size to complete this monster.

Stretch goals - Pushing the envelope.

There is no such thing as too much money when it come to high performance racing machines. We need to reach our funding goal of $100,000 to build the base model of the Anti-Robot, but with more money we can upgrade Prosthesis to be faster, stronger, better.

$150,000 - THE SPORT MODEL -  A bigger lithium ion power pack, larger electric motors, more durable hydraulic components will allow the machine to run faster and last longer. We may even be able to afford to make a few choice components of titanium or carbon fibre. Fuzzy dice.

$200,000 - THE FULL RACE MODEL - This is the sport model taken to the extreme. More advanced materials like carbon fibre and titanium will provide and a massive overall reduction in weight that will let us run farther, faster, longer. Safety and impact absorption systems will by upgraded accordingly.

$300,000 - THE TRAVELING RACE TEAM - This will allow us to take the FULL RACE MODEL on the road reliably and much farther from home. With a custom covered trailer, mobile pits and tech trailer, we'll be able to demonstrate Prosthesis across the continent and beyond to inspire the next generation of robot racers.

Beyond the money - the community.

Be a part of the Anti-Robot revolution! Even if you don't live in Vancouver, and can't spend your evenings and weekends covered in hydraulic fluid at the eatART lab, there are still contributions you can make to help make Prosthesis a reality. 

What can I do? I'm just one humanoid?

First off, and easiest - Share our campaign via social media! Like us on Facebook, share our campaign post, retweet one of our tweets or subscribe to our YouTube channel for video updates

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But I Have So Much More To Give! 

We're always looking for materials contributions. Work for a lithium-ion battery supplier, we want to talk! Are you a kick-ass web-developer, an amazing illustrator, a 3D modelling master or a ninja in some other discipline you think could be useful (Or are even an actual ninja) get in touch and we'll find a way to work together. 

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This campaign ended on January 29, 2014
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  • $2CAD
    Sponsor a bolt

    Do you have any idea how many high-grade bolts it takes to build a 2-story tall racing anti-robot?! Lots. Put your name behind a bolt and it will be memorialized in perpetuity with every triumphant step that Prosthesis takes! We will put your name on your bolt in our on-line engineering drawings, so you can show all your friends that you actually part of the massive effort that has made Prosthesis a reality.

    5 out of 1000000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $5CAD
    Prosthesis Team

    We've got you covered. Let's face it, when the singularity arrives, you want to be on the team where the giant walking machines are human controlled. You'll get your name on the website and the peace of mind of knowing you’ll be on the side of the humans.

    10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $10CAD
    Prosthesis Sticker

    A limited edition, full colour vinyl sticker. Put it on your computer, phone, car, hovercraft, or wherever you deem fit. Plus, you’re on the allies list. Please add $5 for shipping outside the US & Canada.

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $20CAD
    Sponsor a Bearing

    We have 4 legs, each with 10 bearings. That's a lot of bearings, and you don't want to skimp on these babies (they're actually more like $50/ea, but your contribution will soften the blow). This is your chance to say "I made that bearing possible!". Become part of history. Sponsor a bearing and you will be part of our fancy on-line engineering drawings so you can prove you were part of the project forevermore! We'll also send you a 4" vinyl sticker to proudly display.

    2 out of 40 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $25CAD
    Prosthesis Beer Mug

    Those who race robots, imbibe only from the steeliest of steins.A stainless steel mug Imprinted with a Prosthesis Logo, people will know you’re on the right team. Please add $15 for shipping outside the US & Canada.

    42 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $25CAD
    Picture in the Mondo Spider

    Get the ultimate tech-porn profile picture and make all your friend jealous. Limited time opportunity at SolidWorks World only!

    1 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $40CAD
    Put the spring in our step!

    This machine will need about 20 shock absorbers for the legs and perimeter impact absorption system (big, big bumpers). For $40 you will have your name on our site in the engineering drawings for all to see forever more. We'll also send you a sweet 4" vinyl sticker!

    1 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $50CAD
    Prosthesis Lab Tour

    Vancouver Only - Come visit the eatART Laboratory and experience the Alpha Leg in action first hand. Get a rare chance to see its inner workings and ask the wizards behind its creation questions in person.

    6 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $55CAD
    Limited Edition 11"x17" Print

    Talented local Vancouver artist, Dallyn Rule has very generously offered to create an original 30" x 48" piece of artwork depicting Prosthesis in its in a future race setting. You can get one of 20 signed, limited edition 11" x 17" prints. You'll also get a four 4" vinyl stickers and your name on our site. Please add $15 for shipping in Canada/US and $25 outside.

    2 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $100CAD
    Sign The Bot

    Your name plus 50 characters inscribed on the underbelly. Finally, have your pro- or anti- Anti-Robot message heard! We’ll also throw in a sticker and a beer mug.

    19 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2015
  • $150CAD
    Anti-Robot Engineering Consult

    A one-on-one, hour long Skype conversation founder and lead engineer Jonathan Tippett. If you are inspired by this project and want to build something of your own, Jonathan may be able to use his years of experience to help you along the way and set you in the right direction. Whether its, CAD, hydraulics, structures or management, Jon has made many of the mistakes there are to make already. Plus he's a nice guy to chat with.

    6 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $150CAD
    Crush it!

    Anything in your life you'd like crushed by the steel foot of a 500lb giant robotic leg? Send it our way and we'll pound it to smithereens. We'll shoot it on high speed video and post it to YouTube with a shout out to you! We'll also send you a pack of five 4" vinyl stickers.

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $200CAD
    Ride The Spider At SWW

    Get a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride the Mondo Spider at Solid Works World. Be one of an elite cadre who can say they've ridden in an 8 legged electro-mechinical spider. Solid Works World ONLY.

    0 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $300CAD
    Co-Pilot Experience

    Vancouver Only - That’s right! Who else can say that they have experienced a ride in the Anti-Robot? Not many. Go for a run in the co-pilot's seat with an experienced pilot at the controls, and be one of the first in the world to experience this wild ride. You'll also get a beer mug a pack of stickers and a special co-pilots t-shirt. Ride Prosthesis at our Vancouver demo day in 2015.

    7 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2015
  • $450CAD
    Original 30"x48" Artwork

    Talented local Vancouver artist, Dallyn Rule has very generously offered to create an original 30" x 48" artwork depicting Prosthesis in its future race setting. This is a handmade, one of a kind piece of art. You'll also get a four 4" vinyl stickers and your name on our site. Please add $15 for shipping in Canada/US and $25 outside.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $750CAD
    Team Prosthesis Jumpsuit

    Have your very own, highly coveted Team Prosthesis jump suit! Modeled after the signature red pilot jumpsuit, these highly fashionable, yet functional items will be available exclusively during this campaign, and only in limited numbers. The only other people who have such apparel are the engineers and pilots. Don't miss out on this fall's hottest raceware!

    2 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014

    Adopt a Leg

    Be a pillar of support --literally-- for the world’s first racing robot. Get your name on a laser cut plate, mounted to one of Prosthesis’ four giant legs. Also get a team jumpsuit, a set of 4 beer mugs and a pack of stickers.

    4 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2015
  • $7,500CAD
    Pilot Prosthesis

    Vancouver Only - Do you have what it takes to not only ride in Prosthesis but actually OPERATE IT? This is not for the faint of heart. You'll get your very own custom pilot suit and t-shirt and then have two days of expert instruction in ground school, training with the Alpha Leg, followed by a co-pilot run, and finally you take the controls. Hold on tight, you are entering the future!

    1 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2015
  • $10,000CAD
    Prosthesis Pilot Academy

    Burning Man 2015 Only! Pilot training in the place the machine was built to run wild. Short of going to space, this is the ultimate experience a mere humanoid could hope for. Everything included. Ticket, accommodation, and four days of pilot school, including your own custom pilot suit and t-shirt ... followed by the ride of a lifetime!

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2015
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