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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.
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].”
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.
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.
After the quick wait compared to Pleo, RoboPhilo is shipping!
“Kilroym42” said (although I have not confirmed it true) that due to recent lead paint on toys, RoboPhilo may come with decals or instructions on how to paint RoboPhilo yourself, until they receive the needed certificates to export.
Check out my previous post about RoboPhilo.
At Fall Chibotica 2007 (hosted by Chibots), which was held at iHobby Expo, there were a few very good humanoid punches, served by Trossen Robotics’ RBT-1, Mike’s RoboNova-1, and Royce’s RoboNova-1! Watch the video below to see the best hits!