Virtual Robot - Animating a Seated RoboThespian

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Virtual Robot > Animating a Seated RoboThespian

The Virtual Robot Interface


RoboThespian can be supplied in a seated position as an option.

In this case, there are a couple of variations to animating the robot to take note of to prevent the robot hitting his own legs and damaging hands/arms.

Safe start pose for seated RoboThespians

Virtual RoboThespian is setup for standing robots.

When starting a new animation the default RoboThespian pose will cause the hands to hit the legs.

From the pose library (1) add the relaxed sitting position (2) to 0 seconds (3) of each new animation. In this way the animation will start from a position that does not hit the legs.

  • RoboThespian relaxed sitting position button

When animating the robot take note of the guidance below to avoid hitting the legs during a performance.

Animation guidance

Don't go below Elbow 1600 when hands in karate chop position (i.e. Forearm 1800):

  • RoboThespian seated limits forearm at 180degrees
  • RoboThespian seated limits forearm at 180degrees

Don't go below Elbow 1650 if wrists bent down:

  • RoboThespian seated limits, wrists bent down

Above assumes back straight during movements. If leaning forwards at maximum (Torso Bend Forward 1950) don't go below Elbow 1800:

  • RoboThespian seated limits, torso bent forward

Relaxed Sitting Position technical details (for info only)

Symmetrical and rest of outputs as per usual default starting pose (back straight upright, head level etc.)

  • Forearm: 900 - forearms rotated so hands palm down
  • Elbow: 1550 - raises forearms out of harms way
  • Wrist: 1700 - relaxed a little so not unnaturally rigid
  • Twist: 1900 - arms twisted out a little to match spread of legs:
  • RoboThespian seated - rest pose
  • RoboThespian seated - rest pose