Posts filed under ‘Humanoids’
A new wave of mind control will be upon us soon, this time for the end user!
We have seen the WiiMote bring greater levels of human input to gaming in a huge scale (over 29.62 million Wii units sold at the time of writing). The Wii also brought down the cost of this technology so more people could buy it. The Nintendo DS (NDS) and Apple iPhone brought touchscreens to the mainstream.
So why not take game control to the next level? Emotiv is doing just that, mind control for PC games. I first saw this new interface device back in early 2008 thinking it would be amazing if brought in the real world. My idea was to interface this with a Windows program for remote controlling a NXT robot. If a success, interfacing it with a humanoid robot.
In the last week I have been playing with the SDK to great success! The “EmoKey” program can link different thoughts, emotions, or facial motion to input key commands to your Windows PC which I can then use to control a robot. Sadly the Emotiv EPOC costs $299 (USD), a bit much for what I’d be doing… I did not even know *if* this would work for physical objects (what I am trying to do) up until a few days ago! I was watching a recording of the Discovery’s new show “Prototype This!” where the team built cars that would shut off if the builder gets angry (which also triggered for excitement). There was a beautiful test where they bent a spoon by “pushing” with their mind at the spoon, sending input to the computer, then sending an articular a message to pull on the spoon (seen below).
You can see the full episode on the Discovery website until January 15, 2009.
Video of early beta:
Public release is set for Christmas 2008!
Will this make PC gaming cooler? Will mind control be successful? Will Nintendo fight back? Where will this next gen technology be going next?
The GumStix Verdex product line will not be sold after December 2008.
The good news is that the Texas Instruments base “Overo” line will replace the old design, while the Verdex Pro will still be sold. Overo is *smaller* then a single piece of gum (unlike the Verdex and Verdex Pro which are the size of a stick of gum)! Starting price will be less then the XL6P, with more power!
Overo will have a USB Host so existing robotic daughter boards should still will work.
I have wanted a good place to save and share robot related files. We have YouTube for videos, which works very well. But the file sharing has not come as far yet. This is understandable, though, as more people will watch videos then download files, and they need to make money also.
Listed below are the best file sharing sites yet:
MediaFire – Tons of ads, hard to find the little “download” button once on the page. You can add a description and title for your file. Files will stay online forever.
SkyDrive – Personally, I like the folder layout of SkyDrive, although you can not yet drag files from one folder to another – you must re-upload the files. The files do not have a page for them where you can add a description or title. Online time for files is unlimited.
I feel that we will soon see good file sharing sites like YouTube.
If you know of any good file sharing sites, please let us all know by posting a comment!
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:
I ordered both 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch sleeving in 1 foot lengths to see which size works best.
Jon Hylands sent me a link today for anti-static bags with the note:
“The anti-static bags are great – Digikey sells them in 100-packs for $6.18 [CAD].”
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.
BTW – William is the name of my Bioloid.
I started building the Bioloid right after unpacking the box.
A good use for a yoyo squid:
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:
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.
USB to BUS board:
Pictures are copyright 2007 HUV Robotics.
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…
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…