Azza (Prototype)

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Azza, 1982

Azza was the first prototype design for the later Topo I robot, developed some time in 1982.[1]

This model would be used for the engineers to test the design and concept.

Design[edit | edit source]

Lots of notable design changes are found between this and the final product:

  • Most of the design cues were completely different to the final Topo model, outside of the general shape and head design.
  • The upper body was entirely made of cardboard, likely due to this being planned as just a concept test.
  • The base was made of clear casting resin.
  • The head was turnable, likely on a swivel moved by gravity.
  • The wheels were mounted on lazy susans, and were driven by a worm drive.
  • The batteries were stored on the edges of the wheels instead of inside the chassis.
  • The arm sockets used mirror plating to cover the inside, an expensive design choice for the time.

Specifications[edit | edit source]

Not much is known about the inner specs of the model other than it being controlled by radio.[1]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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