My name is Donald Hutson and I am most defiantly a robot enthusiast that has spent the last 20+ years fabricating and creating all sorts of robotic creations for both work and play.

I Currently work for Qualcomm Research corp. here in San Diego as a Support Engineer/Staff specializing in robotics.

Way back in 1996 I designed and built a heavyweight robot called "TAZBOT'' and a few years later a Super Heavyweight robot called"DIESECTOR" Both of these Robots were specifically built for Robotic Combat Shows like Robot Wars and BattleBots.

My background includes working as a Design Engineer at the Neuroscience's Institute (NSI) here in San Diego from January 2000 to July of 2013. I worked in the Machine Psychology lab designing and building robotic platforms know as Brain Based Devices ( . Nomad is one of the early brain based device that is not quite a computer or a robot. Instead, it is a machine that actually thinks and makes mistakes as it learns.

Before NSI I worked as a Rehab Technology Specialist for about 9 years repairing & customizing home medical equipment like, liquid oxygen units, compressor's, infusion pumps and high tech power mobility devices with environmental control systems. Before that I worked my way through school as a welder/fabricator for a local awning company.

My experience with robotics started way back in the day with Lego's and all other toys that I could either take apart or modify in some way or fashion. For some reason I always wanted to make them better or experiment with how they worked. I got into remote control gliders & helicopters at a early age and every since then, have had a blast creating high tech toys for covert news origination's, the medical equipment industry, Neuroscientist and most of all, ME!



My RC gliders soon became a hole new sport when I started cramming video transmitters, cameras & servo pan & tilt systems in them to try and fly by tella-presents.

The 4th version of GLIDER CAM had a plastic fuselage, a full flying ruder (for flat spins) and weighed in like a rock at 5lb. Unfortunately G-CAM crashed in May of 1996 on a very windy day due to battery failure. G-CAM went in full speed inverted with a dissected 8-mm camcorder; a pan & tilt color camera and 500mw transmitter to watch it all come to a spectacular end! See Video page.


This is a prototype of a walking robot I created called Skywalker. The purpose of this RC robot was to test a users ability to maintain balance manually through visual response using a modified aircraft radio with twin liftable and pushable joysticks for control.


Tazbot and Diesector are registered trademarks of Mutant Robots and may only be reproduced with our express written consent!!! All rights reserved.