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Robotic Wire Protection

My Bioloid has been running quite a bit and the wires are starting to get chewed up, so I have been looking into wire protection. I will put non-abrasion sleeving over the wires then put shrink tubing over the plugs and wire protection to reduce wear on the wire near the plugs.

Right now I am ordering Non-Fray Expandable Braided Sleeving from Cable Organizer. I will let you know how well this form of protection works.

A split wire:

Diagram of the protection concept:

Cable Organizer

–Scotty

Update -

I ordered both 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch sleeving in 1 foot lengths to see which size works best. 

February 1, 2008 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

William’s Cartwheel (Video)

After about 23 hours work spread over 5 days William can do a full cartwheel!

With the IMU from HUV Robotics on, 3 in 5 Cartwheels work. Without the IMU, 1 in 5 cartwheels work.

I should have a better video up soon.

–Scotty

BTW – William is the name of my Bioloid.

January 17, 2008 at 2:49 pm 2 comments

Bioloid IMU

The IMU came today. The shipping was very fast and the board looks great (thanks Jon)!

Also, the packaging was great. The IMU was in a stactic proof bag to insure that the electronics did not get ‘burnt’ in the mail.

I just got it so I don’t have anything built yet.

HUV Robotics

–Scotty

January 10, 2008 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Time to Build a Bioloid!

I started building the Bioloid right after unpacking the box.

A good use for a yoyo squid:

First part:

I found it quicker to find the right servo if they are all lined up by ID#:

After about 9 hours of building time my Bioloid was built in humanoid form!

(Note that the CM-5 is not on yet, so the IMU can be added easily later)

In this picture you can see the waist:

–Scotty

January 8, 2008 at 4:01 pm 1 comment

HUV Robotics Bioloid Sensors

I mentioned back in June that Jon Hylands from HUV, was working on BrainBot (for more information look back at that post). Since that post, BrainBot has come very far! Also Jon Hylands has opened a new website, HUV Robotics, which has sensors for the Bioloid kit including a 6 axis IMU and pressure sensors for the feet of a Bioloid!

I ordered a IMU for my Bioloid which will help with balance, and should aid in other cool movements (it should come soon)!

All of the sensors can be used with the CM-5, or any other controller board suitable like a GumStix coupled with a USB to BUS board.

IMU:

USB to BUS board:

 

Links: 

HUV Robotics

–Scotty

Pictures are copyright 2007 HUV Robotics.

January 8, 2008 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

Bioloid Unboxing

My Bioloid came today!

In addition to an IMU, I also bought an extra servo, cables, wireless setup, and a JIS set for my Bioloid (seen in the pictures below).

Although this knife looks dangerous, it’s not…

No this is not a robot squid, it’s a yoyo squid (it was in the box).

 

Time to get started on the build…

–Scotty

January 7, 2008 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

Bioloid Is In The Mail!

I ordered a Bioloid this morning, and I’m pleased to say that it has been shipped with delivery set at January 7 (2008)!

I also ordered a few “extras” which I won’t say about until then. :)

Stay tuned, pictures, videos, and code to follow…

–Scotty

January 2, 2008 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

MINDS-i, Tough, Strong, Universal!

After I won third place with Mean Puppy in Lego Sumo, I headed over to the neighboring booth, MINDS-i. At first I was skeptical, okay it was not robotics, but like most other booths I stopped by to see what was going on. Mike Marzetta, inventor of MINDS-i, came up to me, and started explaining his ideas for his creation. Something kept me there at the booth; maybe it was his nice personality, maybe the pure coolness of this new invention!

He started by showing me the Buggy:

Then he showed me a rock crawler. At this point it grabbed me: the rock crawler had a Pro-Line body and 2.2 official rock crawling Pro-Line wheels and tires! 

I’ve been waiting for a product where you can use other brands parts, and are not controlled by the company!

If you look at the above picture you can see white “loops” for stock 7.2 volt batteries for power, just above the axels! Not only does this let the robot/RC car have a low CG for climbing, you can use the old 7.2 packs that are on the workbench; NO need to buy “MINDS-i” battery packs (if you don’t have any batteries, just buys yours from MINDS-i)!

Look at this picture:

Stock servos, too!

It all did not set in until I handled the 6 wheel base:

(Notice the Futaba plug and the shocks)

It was not heavy, but light, very strong, and had killer looks!

A combat ‘robot’ is even possible to make with the MINDS-i parts!

Take a close look at the interlocking parts:

While at first it may seem to look like specially-made camoflash part(s) outside of this tank. After a closer look these same parts can be used on other creations also. 

The wiring of the 6 wheeler:

(a stock motor)

On the flyer it says:

“By adding hobby-industry compatible wheels, motors, servos, radios, shocks and more, MINDS-i enables you to ignite your imagination and maximize your fun. For the highest-quality upgrade components, look no further than MINDS-i.”

Of course like most other products, there are those “I just don’t know…” with this one also. Like how would this hold up against a ‘real’ R/C car? Can you put in a brush-less system? How much weight could a Minds-i creation hold? Does every part work with every other part [I mean this up to a point]?

The MINDS-i products are just begging for a microcontroller and a CMU camera!

I was, and am, amazed! YOU control your robots, NOT the company you buy it from!

Coming Spring 2008!

MINDS-i

–Scotty

October 24, 2007 at 12:07 pm 1 comment


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