tuluse wrote:The robot would push increasing hard amounts until had full weight on the foot, if the ground gave away it would pull back or in the case of power armor alert the pilot with a force feedback type thing. Also, power armor in Fallout would be heavy enough and the feet big enough it wouldn't have to worry about most obstacles it could just smash most rocks.
This is where wheels and tracks work better than feet. With pedal motion, while one foot is elevated, the unit must balance itself on the one foot. As the elevated foot descends it hits a Point Of No Return; it's either complete the step or take a tumble from being unbalanced. To smoothly
walk requires perception of the surface being traversed, evaluation of the path to be taken, and coordination of the limbs being interfaced with what has been seen and evaluated. Human beings can generally conduct the exercise on "autopilot" because even when we're "not paying attention", their subconscious is. This is why a person can be blithely walking along but suddenly stops before tripping in a pothole. Even with that "autopilot" feature -- walking and talking on a cell, for instance -- people _still_ occasionally trip. For an autonomous mechanical, it's core programming would require that EVERY contingency be programmed in in order to successfully negotiate any kind of mundane obstacle course. (Significant advantage to quadrapeds over bipeds. Even more advantage to hexapods. Which sort of helps to rationalize the Scorpitron.) Or conversely, a default code of "If you don't recognize it, GO AROUND IT."
tuluse wrote:On another note this whole conversation is ludicrous. Power Armor was in Wasteland. Thus is it possible in the Wasteland universe. It's already canon. It doesn't matter how many advances real technology would have to make to build it, or if it's even possible. That's the point of science fiction, you can imagine what is possible instead of only allowing what has been done as of 2012 AD.
This would be the case if there had been NO errors, mistakes, misconceptions, erroneous assumptions AT ALL in the original. Extreme analogy: if an original purported that the Sun revolves around the Earth, but in the interim scientists learned that it's just the reverse, would you demand that the sequel MUST maintain that Earth-centric assertion? After all, that is what was in the original, and therefore makes it unalterable canon, apparently. I prefer to allow the developers the freedom to rethink most canon items if they are so inclined. And if they conclude that alternate approaches to some things are called for, fine. Just so long as the final product remains entertaining.
Woolfe wrote:True but in the Wasteland world, the tech level prior to Nuclear war was higher in some points than our current tech level...
Wow. Science on uber-steroids. A less-than-20-year acceleration period produces results that are still
a half-century or more away. Maybe we should underscore the genre as being Science FICTION