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mdenton
08-10-2008, 03:58 AM
Hi all,

Well after years of people asking for my kits, in particular the V4b hexapod, I finally found the time to make it happen, and am very close to releasing the MSR-H01 hexapod kit, along with a robot controller I have been using on my hexapods called the p.Brain.

MSR-H01 hexapod
http://www.hexapodrobot.com/forum/images/myimages/MSR-H01_01.jpg
The above image is of my first production prototype anodized in silver, with a p.Brain-SMB + p.Brain-ds24 controller fitted inside the body. More info on the kit can be found here (http://www.hexapodrobot.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=33), with a couple of video testes here (http://www.hexapodrobot.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=99).

p.Brain controller
http://www.hexapodrobot.com/forum/images/myimages/mms_pbrain_ds24_smb.jpg

I will soon release a user configurable version of my Hexapod locomotion engine - p.Brain-HexEngine - several of which are currently being used by beta testers on their own hexapods. One of the tester Paul, got his HexEngine fitted and running on his Lexapod robot (http://www.hexapodrobot.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=103) in about 1.5 hrs!:happy: You can see the testers progress here: p.Brain beta tests. (http://www.hexapodrobot.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=34)

Info on the p.Brain-SMB (http://www.hexapodrobot.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=16)
Info on the p.Brain-ds24 (http://www.hexapodrobot.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=8)
Info on the p.Brain-HexEngine (http://www.hexapodrobot.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=32)

I hope you like the kit and electronics, feedback (http://www.hexapodrobot.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=18)appreciated.

cheers

Matt.

4mem8
08-10-2008, 06:12 AM
Matt: This looks an awesome kit, Just going to check it out now.

sam
08-10-2008, 06:54 AM
The kit looks great! VEry nice hexapod!

Can you give more information on the microcontroller? It seems like I could use a USB line to connect it to my computer, or is it a telephone line?

How many servos can it control? Can you plug any sensors in it?

Sorry, I'm bombing you with question...

Thanks,

Sam

A-Bot
08-10-2008, 07:24 AM
Hey Matt, great news on the kit.

Is the p.Brain programmable by the user, or does it just run the hex engine? Will a separate microcontroller be needed to add additional behaviors?

darkback2
08-10-2008, 08:30 AM
The fact that you are selling this kit is amazing. I went through some of the stuff on the other pages about the kit, and think you shouldn't sell yourself short, and possibly shouldn't be going through your pricing with us...the consumer. Fact is this is a beautiful robot, and you are including a lot of really cool stuff with it. I already pulled the trigger on my hexapod...a crust crawler. To be honest my purchase was greatly influenced by I.C hexapod...I know that doesn't exactly make sense, but I wanted to get into hexapods after seeing what you could do with one.

The point is, You make beautiful robots, and they are worth what they are worth. Don't sell yourself short, and you shouldn't have to explain yourself to anyone period.

Congratulations on the kits.

DB

paulp
08-10-2008, 09:44 AM
The kit looks great! VEry nice hexapod!

Can you give more information on the microcontroller? It seems like I could use a USB line to connect it to my computer, or is it a telephone line?

How many servos can it control? Can you plug any sensors in it?

Sorry, I'm bombing you with question...

Thanks,

Sam

Hi Sam

I'm currently beta-testing one of the boards for Matt..

The 'telephone' cable is an RJ11 lead, Its used as a serial RS232 lead.

There are 2 ports to the SMB, one is TTL and the other RS232. The TTL port can be directly connected to Bluetooth or whatever. Im using BlueSmirf at present.

It can handle 24 servos directly, 18 of which can be run by the hexengine gait generator, with the additional servos available via serial control..

There are no sensors configured at present but it is programmable by the end user so anything is possible and all pins if the PIC are available

paulp
08-10-2008, 09:49 AM
Hey Matt, great news on the kit.

Is the p.Brain programmable by the user, or does it just run the hex engine? Will a separate microcontroller be needed to add additional behaviors?

The board is in 2 parts, one contains the PIC and associated hardware, the other is the Motherboard. The idea is that the end user needs only one Motherboard fastened to the hardware with all the servos connected.

The daughter board is available with or without the hexengine at present. Without the engine, the user can program as required and I believe Matt is intending to provide some level of Sample code though not the engine itself.

Zenta
08-10-2008, 10:56 AM
Releasing of this kit sure rises the standard for available hexapod kits!
Awesome.

Congratz to Matt!

mdenton
08-10-2008, 01:47 PM
Hey Matt, great news on the kit.

Is the p.Brain programmable by the user, or does it just run the hex engine? Will a separate microcontroller be needed to add additional behaviors?

Hi, I think Paul got most of these questions, but yes the idea of the HexEngine is to take control of the leg locomotion and body moves, which are controlled via serial commands from A.N.Other on board processor such as a stamp or via bluetooth from a PC etc. Having said that you can simply buy the hardware (p.Brain-SMB + p.Brain-ds24 ) and use and ICD2 to programme the ds33F PIC. I have written an SSC emulator for the ds24 and released the code for all to see, this demonstrate how to make use of various on-board I/O of the ds24 such as the 24 channel PWM multiplexor, EEPROM, Interrupt RS232 COMS etc.

More information including manuals etc can be found at these links:

Info on the p.Brain-SMB
(http://www.hexapodrobot.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=16) Info on the p.Brain-ds24
(http://www.hexapodrobot.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=8) Info on the p.Brain-HexEngine (http://www.hexapodrobot.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=32)

cheers,

matt.

mdenton
08-10-2008, 01:52 PM
The fact that you are selling this kit is amazing. I went through some of the stuff on the other pages about the kit, and think you shouldn't sell yourself short, and possibly shouldn't be going through your pricing with us...the consumer. Fact is this is a beautiful robot, and you are including a lot of really cool stuff with it. I already pulled the trigger on my hexapod...a crust crawler. To be honest my purchase was greatly influenced by I.C hexapod...I know that doesn't exactly make sense, but I wanted to get into hexapods after seeing what you could do with one.

The point is, You make beautiful robots, and they are worth what they are worth. Don't sell yourself short, and you shouldn't have to explain yourself to anyone period.

Congratulations on the kits.

DB

Thanks for the comments.. makes it all worth while!

To be honest I don't think I will never make back what I have put in to my hexapods over the 7 years I have been building them, but I have enjoyed doing it and if people want to buy the kit then that's a bonus.

Unfortunately if I don't price competitively then I simply won't sell any kits, on top of which the biggest hobby robot market is the U.S.A., and the exchange rate is crippling for exporting from the UK. So I have tried hard to keep the prices down to give everyone the opportunity to own the products. :happy:

mdenton
08-10-2008, 01:53 PM
Releasing of this kit sure rises the standard for available hexapod kits!
Awesome.

Congratz to Matt!

Thanks Zenta.

One of my beta testers is in the process of hooking a p.Brain-HexEngine to his phoenix kit!

4mem8
08-10-2008, 02:03 PM
mdenton: This is awesome, and thank you for selling at your lower costing, I am sure a lot of people appreciate this. I may even look at this at a later date, Just have to recoup after my J5 and ED-209 purchases. Very cool.

LinuxGuy
08-11-2008, 03:26 AM
It seems like I could use a USB line to connect it to my computer, or is it a telephone line?
It's not USB or for a telephone line. The RJ-11 connector is the ICSP connector used to program the on board dsPIC.

8-Dale

mdenton
08-11-2008, 03:59 AM
There can be two RJ11 connectors on the SMB board, the smaller 4/4 RJ connector is for RS232 (I have an adaptor for DB9) The second that is user fitted is an 6/6 RJ connector used for ICSP by the ICD2.

mdenton
08-11-2008, 06:10 PM
A couple more pics:

http://www.hexapodrobot.com/images/MSR-H01%20sleep%20ISO.jpg
You can't see in this picture, but the chassis will take the p.Brain-SMB + HexEngine combo (same dimensions as SSC-32) , plus sub-C 4 or 5 cell pack, as well as a 9V PP3 battery holder for logic if required (The black box at the front is the PP3 holder, optional extra). This leaves the entire top chassis free for other electronics etc.
http://www.hexapodrobot.com/images/MSR-H01%20look%20ISO.jpg

crabfu
08-11-2008, 06:47 PM
Amazing as always matt... I gota start saving up for one! that's just a work of art...

-Crabfu

Xan
08-12-2008, 03:58 AM
:eek: Itís a beauty! I havenít got anything else to say. It just isÖ

nizee
08-13-2008, 10:34 AM
Sexy !!!!
Matt, keep us posted on your pre-production test and "target" release date.

tom_chang79
08-25-2008, 12:02 AM
Matt - great kit! It's nice to see some competition against Lynxmotion's kit. Competition should challenge both you and Jim to crank out more great products! Us roboteers wins in the process! Yay! :)

Mike, can you imagine dropping in your HSR-5990TGs into this hexapod? It can probably carry three hexapods on its back... :P

mdenton
08-25-2008, 04:54 AM
Sexy !!!!
Matt, keep us posted on your pre-production test and "target" release date.


Hi, had a slight set back with the company cutting the aluminium plates, I signed off on some samples they sent, but the production runs was not up to the standard I expected, so I'm going to go see them this week! Hopefully the kit will be ready for release in September.


Matt - great kit! It's nice to see some competition against Lynxmotion's kit. Competition should challenge both you and Jim to crank out more great products! Us roboteers wins in the process! Yay! :)

Mike, can you imagine dropping in your HSR-5990TGs into this hexapod? It can probably carry three hexapods on its back... :P

The kit should take 5990's in both femur and tibia positions, but will only take a mini servo 225BB/MG in the coxa position.

Hooked a PS2 controller up to the HexEngine (http://www.hexapodrobot.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=32) via a basic stamp BS2p yesterday, it was a good exercise to see how easy it would be to get the BS2p talking to the HexEngine via PIP protocol (http://www.hexapodrobot.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=95). Conclusion... easy!

HexEngine + BS2p + PS2 gamepad (http://www.hexapodrobot.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=119)

Thanks for the comments guys, I have another Hex kit already in development.. along with several other ideas up my sleeve ;)

tom_chang79
09-08-2008, 01:56 AM
Matt, dare I imagine the mini hexapod like the one from Freddie Lee at Innovati?

mdenton
09-08-2008, 04:31 AM
Matt, dare I imagine the mini hexapod like the one from Freddie Lee at Innovati?

Hi Tom, well I certainly have a micro based hex in development, but doubt it will be available until the end of year. :)

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4mem8
09-08-2008, 06:47 AM
Tom/Matt Yes those 5990's would be nice in this hexapod, I still would like one, What is the total package worth Matt? with just the mini servos. Might have to start saving.

mdenton
09-08-2008, 08:02 AM
Tom/Matt Yes those 5990's would be nice in this hexapod, I still would like one, What is the total package worth Matt? with just the mini servos. Might have to start saving.

Hi,

The kit will cost about £105 Inc VAT within the UK. No Electronics, No Servos.
For 6 mini servos within UK are £120 Inc VAT.

If your buying from the U.S. you subtract 17.5% VAT from the UK price, but may be subject to import duties. You would be better buying the HS-225MG or BB servos from a U.S. dealer.

Matt.

4mem8
09-09-2008, 06:18 AM
Ok, Thanks Matt, So what price for kit and electronics, and program if there is one. no servos. Thanks

mdenton
09-09-2008, 07:25 AM
Ok, Thanks Matt, So what price for kit and electronics, and program if there is one. no servos. Thanks

Hi,

These prices are for UK with VAT, I will send my shop link once it is up and running late September.

p.Brain-SMB £43.99 ( p.Brain-ds24 carrier board )
p.Brain-HexEngine £69.99 ( This is the hexapod locomotion firmware + p.Brain-ds24 module)
MSR-H01 approx £105, TBC

HexEngine firmware can be updated, you can read more here:
http://www.hexapodrobot.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=31

and see various example of its use here:
http://www.hexapodrobot.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=34

I will post as soon as the shop/kit is ready.

cheers

Matt.

4mem8
09-10-2008, 12:17 AM
Thanks for the update Matt.

Matt
09-10-2008, 01:15 PM
I posted a poll HERE (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=2374) to find out who in the US is interested in buying Matt's robot. Please come fill it out if you are. Thanks!

mdenton
09-30-2008, 03:05 PM
Hi,

A couple of image updates, the RED and BLACK versions with and without pan/tilt heads:

Black Kit + Servos, no head:
http://www.hexapodrobot.com/images/MSR-H01/MSR-H01_wake_ISO_s.JPG

Black + Pan only, with SRF08 in place of front plate.
http://www.hexapodrobot.com/images/MSR-H01/MSR-H01_Wake_blk_PH_SRF_ISO_s.JPG


Black + Pan & Tilt with SRF08 fitted in place of front plate:
http://www.hexapodrobot.com/images/MSR-H01/MSR-H01_wake_blk_Look_ISO_s.JPG


Red Kit + Servos, no head:
http://www.hexapodrobot.com/images/MSR-H01/MSR-H01_Wake_Red_ISO_s.JPG

Pan only head:
http://www.hexapodrobot.com/images/MSR-H01/MSR-H01_Wake_Red_Pan_ISO_s.JPG

Pan & Tilt head: (Tilt has +50 deg - 16 deg)
http://www.hexapodrobot.com/images/MSR-H01/MSR-H01_Wake_Red_PT_ISO_s.JPG

Pan & Tilt with SRF08 fitted in place of front plate:
http://www.hexapodrobot.com/images/MSR-H01/MSR-H01_Wake_Red_SRF_Look_ISO_s.JPG

mdenton
10-02-2008, 05:15 PM
Hi,

Just to let you know micromagic systems robotics site went live this week: http://www.hexapodrobot.com

Along with the e-store http://www.hexapodrobot.com/store so the MSR-H01 (http://www.hexapodrobot.com/products/robots/Hexapod_MSR-H01.html) is available to purchase! :)

cheers

Matt.

Enusi Malik
10-03-2008, 09:43 AM
awesome kit, very unique it has function and style :-)

mdenton
10-03-2008, 09:58 AM
awesome kit, very unique it has function and style :-)

Thank you! :)

mdenton
10-04-2008, 03:23 AM
A couple of HexEngine control videos of the black MSR-H01 with Pan/Tilt head:

Wave Gait 1, Leg Transition time = 0.35s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnDXzOFdyvA

Wave Gait 1, Leg Transition time = 0.7s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkMiiVSa79w

Servo set-up on this MSR-H01 is Coxa = HS-225MG, Femur = HS-645MG & Tibia = HS-645MG

4mem8
10-04-2008, 05:37 AM
So cool Matt, so cool, Very nice work.