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    Car Juggling Robot Designer Seeks Funding

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    A former NASA technician is trying to get corporate funding for his latest project, a 70-foot tall car juggling robot that would be controlled by the real-time movement of a human. Dan Granett, who used to work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has come up with what he has named the Bugjuggler, a robot that will be able to juggle 18 hundred pound Volkswagen Beetles.

    A former NASA technician is trying to get corporate funding for his latest project, a 70-foot tall car juggling robot that would be controlled by the real-time movement of a human.

    Dan Granett, who used to work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has come up with what he has named the Bugjuggler, a robot that will be able to juggle 18 hundred pound Volkswagen Beetles.

    A person would be connected to the Bugjuggler, controlling the robot with computerized gloves that track their movement (either from a safe distance, or from inside the head of the robot, which will be outfitted with a cockpit.

    The current design is powered by a diesel engine, but Granett says it can be modified to run on electricity.

    Granett has teamed up with an artist and web designer to create an animation of the Bugjuggler in action, and a website that is trying to get the attention of potential investors to cover the projected cost of around 2 point 3 million dollars.

    The crowd funding website says that the Bug juggler would be perfect as a spectacle for Monster Truck Rallies or stadium sporting events once it is constructed, which Granett says would take about eight months to a year once they secure the funding.