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Month: December, 2010

Spherical Four-Bar Linkages

15 December, 2010 (08:08) | Lecture Notes, Linkage Animations | By: Prof. McCarthy

Here is something new. Our Mathematica notebook can find defect-free spherical four-bar linkages that guide a body through five orientations in a tolerance zone near a specified set of task orientations.

UCI Fall 2010 Soccerbots

15 December, 2010 (03:49) | Student Projects | By: Prof. McCarthy

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Entering UCI engineering students designed, built, and tested RC controlled soccerbots. They competed three on three at the end of the Fall 2010 quarter. This video may be a little over the top, but it does capture the fun.

Geometric Design of Linkages, second edition

6 December, 2010 (23:57) | Lecture Notes, Robotics Information | By: Prof. McCarthy

Geometric Design of Linkages, second edition

Geometric Design of Linkages, second edition

I am pleased to say that the second edition of my book, Geometric Design of Linkages, is now available, and I have to express my sincere gratitude to my co-author GimSong Soh, who helped make it happen.

You can find more information at the Springer Verlag web-page, GDL on

It is also already on Google Books, you can see it at the link GDL on