CHAPTER 5

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Creating Robots with Extensions

Some of us love the idea of robots that can stretch. I am not talking about superheroes like Plastic Man or Mr. Fantastic, who have bodies made of rubber. I am talking about robots who have extendable limbs and other parts.

For example, there is Machine Man. If you never heard of Machine Man, I can’t blame you. Machine Man was a character created for a comic book series based on the famous Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey. He was created by Jack Kirby, a comic book writer/artist, who also helped to create a number of very famous Marvel comics characters like The Fantastic Four, X-Men, and the ...

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