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For the large robotic bishops in chess sets that use large
18th Century Robotic Chess [csea, Jun 14 2010]
Like this with sparks? [csea, Jun 14 2010]
||ok, this sounds cool! + though I've never played roboic chess.
||So disappointed I can't have one for the *small* robotic
bishops in a portable chess set.
||[Voice] Mostly, I was just nit-picking. However, since the
density rises as the sphere shrinks, and I assume there's
*some* limit to how many unit charges you can pack onto
surface using only a moving belt, I'm sure there must be a
minimum size. Van de Graaf demonstrations I've seen -- at
least the ones with arcing -- involve
spheres fist size and up. On the other hand, if "sparking"
includes corona discharge, I think the radius of curvature
can get down to needle dimensions. OK, I am now
officially out of my depth.
||Take out the robotic chess set and I'd vote for this. Imagine Queen Victoria wielding the royal Graaff from an insulated throne, stray bolts occasionally knocking flat the unlucky duke or earl. Its a must-have accoutrement for your Teslapunk novel.
||I could see this on one of those oversized chess sets (you know, the ones where the pieces are larger than the people playing).
||Making it robotic would be a good idea...otherwise: "Let's see...bishop to A4...ZAP!"