IN desperate need of critique - Electrician/data storage and transfer bot design

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  10 October 2013
IN desperate need of critique - Electrician/data storage and transfer bot design

Hi everyone, I would really appreciate it if you would take the time to critique this design of mine. I am a newbie in design and could really use your feedback and experience.

Here is the criteria that i am to follow about the design for this robot, also take note it may be animated, so functionality is important as well.

- robot that resembles power, reliability, storage and speed

- its job is to supply and give electricity and data to those in need in time of a power crisis. It is on time and reliable. so it should be agile as well. It works for corporations, so it's a 24/7 job.

- it is not meant to attack anyone or be intimidating. it is not a robot for law enforcement, but should still look energetic

- the art style should be simple and cartoony/ semi cartoony, nothing too realistic or serious ( ex. like megaman and Wall-E(Pixar), but not like transformers or voltron )

The top part of the sketch is the cockpit for a 3 man team.
  10 October 2013
Good job, but what you need: power, reliability, storage and speed
I am no expert in designing but I can find few, not a lot fault in this, it's just my opinion.
The robot is for power supply and data supply or supply anything, its hands should be like metallic claws, not like guns, it looks more like law enforcer robot.

For me if the robot should supply power or data it shouldn't be from his arms or hand (what ever).
For Agility it has more mass (metal) on certain areas and less on certain, it looks more stout to me, even if you see in humans deformed people are not agile (that's my personal opinion).
This robot of yours looks more like a custodian to me looking after something walking slowly due to his bent legs (or it looks bent)
  10 October 2013
Thanks for the critique, but I do not understand the reference between bent legs and custodian
  10 October 2013
Hello Jinian,

I think your model technically speaking looks well.
Also, for most part, it does fit the description. I got that.

However it does not hit the mark as looking like a energy supplier.

Steer you view of what a mech bot looks like.

To explain to you the following I will exaggerate my examples.
So you understand what I mean, and see some inspiration you
are looking for.

- Make it look like a universal power plug box with tons of plugs.
- Give it two huge batteries on its back. Say 80% of the bot.
- Have it have these huge power tower resistors.
- Make it have rescue signs.
- Put battery around neck like rescue snow dogs have a bottle of booze around the necks.
- Give it a tool arm that can sip power from the power mast towers.
- Perhaps it largely travels via power lines?
- Also builds repairs them.
  10 October 2013

Here is an update. I made it into 3d this time to explore the design further. I gave him a hind leg of 3 joints and made him taller, it seems to elevate its stature and presence, more like a team of 3 would be willing to pilot.

Once again, please feel free to critique.
  10 October 2013
Good Job!! mate.

In my earlier post, when I said, custodian, actually in my mind I was picturing, mech/robot in TV series called Falling skies, there are two kind of tech/mech/whatever in that series... one is bigger and able to fight and the other is smaller able to fight also, but not like bigger mech...
Little robots/mechs/techs mainly look after the harnessed kids and protection of them is their priority.
  10 October 2013
Thanks, but what do you guys think of the 3 hind bionic legs instead of the humanoid 2 jointed one?
  10 October 2013

Here are 2 more versions, and let's just say this bot might be animated running, climbing and jumping as well. so what pair of legs do you guys think suits best the character in terms of functionality and design?
  10 October 2013
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