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
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.