Lurkily Posted November 13, 2018 Share Posted November 13, 2018 So hinges, motorized hinges. At once, they both have tremendous potential, and they are a tremendous disappointment. Tremendous potential because of what they can do - swing a sword, aim a gun, walk like you have legs! But also a tremendous dissappointment, because of their inability to handle these tasks well. I want to brainstorm a few ideas on how to make hinges useful. Let's run down the problems they have. 1. Speed. You can't really move them intelligently. They have one speed, and you can use very fast intervals on a timer to slow that down by rotating intermittently (which is kind of slower) but you can't really speed them up or slow them down. 2. Speed, again. You can't move intelligent assemblies quickly. To be intelligent, you need sensors as child parts. To put sensors on them, they get heavy and clumsy. To let them rotate freely (without using yet more sensorts) you have to use long connections that are inherently unstable, leaving hinged assemblies sometimes wanting to shake themselves to pieces if you move them too fast. And every sensor you put on them is as unstable as the hinge itself is. 3. Self-awareness. Hinges don't know what direction they're pointing. You can hang sensors on them, but it makes them clumsy and weird and jittery with the weight unless you make them move slowly or incrementally, which limits their responsiveness. 4. No 'smart' activation criteria. You can't move left or right ninety degrees. You can't turn to a specific angle. You can move left one second, but if you change its speed, you have to change that time, too, and everything reliant on that interval. Hinges, unless used in the simplest possible ways, almost always have the potential to 'go bad'. End up at an unexpected angle, wedged against something, switching directions too quickly until they shake apart, or grinding parts against terrain until they explode. They NEED at least the capacity for intelligent handling. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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