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Garretson Teen Builds Robot

June 14, 2010, 5:00 PM by Kolbe Nelson

SIOUX FALLS, SD - Adam Halverson is a typical college-bound teenager, except for one thing... Halverson has built himself a robot.

"I try not to let this interfere with my actual life cause I don't wanna be shut in at home working on a robot in my basement all the time," Halverson said

The Garretson teenager built the VSR 2 Talos FG. His mechanical work of art earned him a spot in the International Science and Engineering Fair, where he placed second in the Electrical Engineering category. Along with taking second place in the international competition, Halverson won the Cade Museum Award and a savings bond.

The machine cost him ten thousand dollars to build, though he says it would've been less had it not been for his mistakes along the way. 

"I could rebuild it for about five thousand if I wasn't screwin up all the time and havin to buy new parts," Halverson said.

But he says he still has a ways to go before the Talos is ready for the market.

Halverson says that his creation is still in it's infant stages, and like with most infants, you can tell that by how It walks

"Walking dynamics, right now I have it falling on to the forward foot when it walks, and that takes a lot of computing power because it has to figure out gyro scope balance which is just telling it if its level or not," Halverson said. 

But in time, Halverson hopes he can have the Talos doing basic household chores.

"It has the capability to do a lot of things. Like washing windows, bringing you drinks, stuff like that it's just, the thing that stands in between it doing that right now and not being able to is me being able to program it," Halverson said. 

Halverson wants the robot to be able to go wherever a human can go, and he'll keep working to perfect this piece of work. 

He plans to continue working on the Talos in the fall, while attending SDSU.

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