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    Project Re: More Mule then Rover?

    I imagine you could use a diode and a 12V DC converter to keep the 12V battery topped off while the motors aren't stalling out? Or do you think you'll just have < 15V on the 24V rail most of the...
  2. Question(s) Re: OpenCM sketch upload problems on virtualbox

    Virtual machines and USB devices are a right pain, because of the way that the hardware and host and guest OS have to cooperate to route the USB device to the virtual machine. VMWare has a custom...
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    Project Re: More Mule then Rover?

    I would look into a DC/DC converter that outputs 12V 10A from the 24V rail instead. A little bit of electronics is generally lighter and more robust than anything mechanical ...
  4. Question(s) Re: Dynamixel XM430-W210-T bricked after firmware update

    Flipping the switch to cut power may not work right if it also disconnects the board from the PC.
    I would recommend literally un-plugging and re-plugging the wire into the servo when the wizards...
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    Project Re: More Mule then Rover?

    Nice!

    Also, looks like just the right size to run that 2.4 kW generator. And at $100, it sounds like you got a good deal!
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    Question(s) Re: Using Dynamixel AX-12 A

    After the servos fail, can you move them by manually moving the arm? Does the red LED blink?
    It's quite possible the servos detect overheating and shut down.
    You should be able to read back the...
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    Project Re: More Mule then Rover?

    Love it :-)
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    Project Re: More Mule then Rover?

    Better watch out! If you're not careful, you'll end up with a robotic farm to sustain you through the coming climate apocalypse, and then where would you be?
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    Project Re: More Mule then Rover?

    Good thing this is not your lawn mower robot :-)
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    Project Re: More Mule then Rover?

    Using a bigger controller is not a problem in itself -- it just gives you more margin for error. The only reason to use a smaller controller is if space or dollars are a constraint. FWIW, I've...
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    Project Re: More Mule then Rover?

    Very nice!

    But will it have four-wheel independent steering? :-D
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    Question(s) Re: Using Dynamixel AX-12 A

    Yes, you need to configure their ID so they match the ID of the current servos in the arm.

    Btw: You should be able to use Dynamixel Wizard and hook up just one servo at a time. Scan the bus to...
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    Re: 2 USB Connections on Teensy 3.5 or LC

    Yeah, just add one of those cheap Chinese USB serial dongles, and wire it to one of the serial ports on the Teensy.
    Beware that, for that setup, making sure the baud rate matches up is actually...
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    Re: First steps for Super Mega Microbot

    Nice!

    Don't show it to my wife; she's afraid of big jumpy crawly things ...
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    Question(s) Re: Walking Sequence for MK-III Hexapod?

    Ah! The button testing doesn't return values "greater than five" like the stick does.
    Instead, you should test for "is not zero" because the buttons field is a bit mask:


    if ((command.buttons &...
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    Question(s) Re: Walking Sequence for MK-III Hexapod?

    If it's OK to use existing software, how about downloading the code for the Phantom Hex?
    Then you can adjust it to read from the "button" input to decode where to walk, instead of the "stick" input....
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    Question(s) Re: 4 Dof Hexapod Torque calculations

    Each joint can be individually calculated as if all the other joints are stiff, so I get pretty close by measuring the distance to the base points and the center of mass / weight of the body between...
  18. Question(s) Re: New Member - Interested in retrofitting an industrial robot for hobby

    The ROS platform uses the ODE library I think (Open Dynamics Engine) which is open source.



    The bastards!
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    Re: double eagle AEGs out of stock?

    I think the gun that the double eagle is based on is pretty old in the airsoft scene by now. Like most consumer markets, that market seems to work on trends and new products ...

    Many gearboxes...
  20. Question(s) Re: New Member - Interested in retrofitting an industrial robot for hobby

    No, I mean run the calculations on the fly! You can use the simulation software to come up with a solution, and then back-calculate what the actual angles of actuation are by reading out the state of...
  21. Question(s) Re: New Member - Interested in retrofitting an industrial robot for hobby

    This guy is building his own 6DOF arm, mainly using 3D printing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFCUw1pXlnA
    He's using steppers in this series, but he has a newer series where he uses the ODrive...
  22. Question(s) Re: Absolute zero position for Dynamixel XM430-W350-R: How to change it?

    The documentation for Dynamixel protocol 2 (used by the XM430) talks about this. There is, for example, a "multi turn" mode. Or you can turn on "wheel mode," move forward, and then turn back on...
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    Re: The task (lawn mower topic)

    ... radars, railguns, electric arc based armor, ...

    :-D
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    Re: Hexapod for a beginner

    The OpenCM 9.04-C needs an adapter cable, or the board, because it doesn't have the right connector.
    The 9.04-A lets you solder in the connectors yourself, so you can buy the right connectors from...
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    Re: Hexapod for a beginner

    Looks like a good list!

    If you use the "-T" servos, you don't need the 485 expansion board. You can get the "A" variant of the OpenCM and solder in the right headers yourself, I think. At least,...
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    Kodomoroid from up close

    I had the opportunity to see the Kodomoroid up close in person today.
    It's creepy, as almost all human-emulation faces are. But they're getting closer!


    https://youtu.be/X3FOLFj0nHE
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    Re: Hexapod for a beginner

    The XL430 is fine! It's the new raplcement for AX-12, and as you say, it has some upgrades.
    I don't think Trossen has any hexapod kits for the XL430 yet, but if you're making your own, that's not a...
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    Re: Maker Faire 2019 Mech Warfare

    Who needs working legs, amirite? :-)

    These videos are great. Looking at them, I (Malum) clearly need:
    1) a less-jammy gun
    2) a bumper guard for my plates
    3) more piloting practice

    And maybe,...
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    Re: FPV + HD Recording Options

    I'm rocking the AKK Infinite DVR now: https://amzn.to/2XVR2dY
    It has SmartAudio, which I think will be necessary for configuring 'mechs to avoid interference.
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    Re: Hexapod for a beginner

    Budget RC hobby servos will be a throw-away cost if you actually end up wanting to build a real thing.
    My recommendation would be to go for the AX-12 servos at the very least (i e, a PhantomX)
    The...
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    Re: The task (lawn mower topic)

    That's not too bad. Although 190 F *is* hot enough to congeal an egg ... but not hot enough to destroy most linear ICs like a regulator (typically rated to 150C or so for junction temperature.)
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    Re: Novel leg/chassis design

    And of course, my first-ever walking robot. A biped with only three servos!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMXx6VZVjck

    (Actually, second-ever -- I built a smaller version in plywood with...
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    Re: Novel leg/chassis design

    I like the solenoid idea! You only need to activate it while the foot is "up" and presumably there would be a spring pushing it down with just enough force to keep it extended against half of the...
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    Re: Novel leg/chassis design

    Given that linkage, you should be able to move the feet in X/Y, but you also need something that changes which foot has most pressure (i e, lifting a foot.)
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    Re: Novel leg/chassis design

    I'm not seeing a picture?

    Some contestants have used mechanical advantage. There was a nice two-legged robot a while back that used four servos total (two per leg, for "extent" and "front/back"...
  36. Re: Maker Faire 2019 Mech Warfare (WMFNY in Queens on Sept 21 and 22)

    Oh, that's disappointing :-(
    Thanks for the note!
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    Re: The task (lawn mower topic)

    I know the feeling!

    WHY ... CAN'T ... THINGS ... STAY ... WORKING !?!?!?
  38. Thread: Budget Class

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    Re: Budget Class

    There's typically one event in a year :-)
    (Except for R-team, which has an Arizona Garage League)
  39. Thread: Budget Class

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    Re: Budget Class

    Realistically, those "simpler classes" exist for cars/planes/quadcopters because the technology and market adoption of the "main" classes has gotten to the point where that makes sense.
    Walking...
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    Re: Power for eight (8) Dynamixel XM-430-W350-R

    That should, theoretically, work fine! RS-485 is supposed to work across isolated ground domains (that being one of the main points.)
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