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    PC Robots

    We should have a PC robotics section as it is becoming more and more popular. Anyways I am making my first attempt at a PC Robot Here is the parts list so far. Any suggestions or comments are welcome.


    E2E2 Robot parts List.


    1 Trossin 1 base kit
    2 Gel Cell (12V 7.2AH) Zeus batteries.3 if I use the Pico board instead of lap top.
    1 TextLCD 20x2: Blue with 8/8/8 InterfaceKit
    1 USB to IR Distance Sensor Robot Kit (4-30&quot - 8 sensors
    1 .2 Inch FSR Kit
    1 IR Reflective Sensor 5mm
    1 Phigits Touch Sensor
    2 Phigits Voltage Divider
    4 Light Sensor
    1 Moicrosoft VX-3000 web cam
    2 Ping)) sensors
    1 Pan and Tilt Kit with Servos
    1 VIA ARTiGO Pico-ITX Builder Kit and Phylon 7" Wide-Screen VGA TFT Touchscreen Display
    1 PicoPSU 60W Wide Input Range DC-DC Power Conver
    1 SSC-32 controler
    1 Mini atom bot board
    3 paralax Boe Boards.
    2 BaneBots Motor Controller (45A peak) 1 Phidget Encoder
    1 Phidget Motion Sensor
    6-10 servos
    1 Microhone
    1 Speaker
    1 Boe-Bot CMUcam
    1 TCS230-DB Color Sensor
    1 spun aluminum dome
    1 Custom body


    This Is what I have so far and most likely will add more parts.

    Software.

    Roborealm for vision and tracking.
    Ultra hal for voice communication.
    The rest will be written in VB


    I also added a PC robots section to my web page where I will make software downloads and info available.
    Last edited by Droid Works; 05-11-2008 at 03:55 PM.

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    Out of curiosity, are you going to be running all these batteries in parallel? If so, are you going to be recharging them individually or all at the same time?
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    Re: PC Robots

    Quote Originally Posted by archcvd View Post
    Out of curiosity, are you going to be running all these batteries in parallel? If so, are you going to be recharging them individually or all at the same time?
    No, I will use 1 for the pico and touch screen, 1 for the motors and 1 for the electronics.

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    Ah okay. The reason I was asking was because I was considering using a few SLA batteries in parallel to provide for everything, however I ran into the problem of charging them all at the same time. I've been told it's possible if the batteries are identical in charge and life.

    In any case I look forward to seeing your bot built!
    It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. --Carl Sagan

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    Wow, thanks for the info on Ultra HAL, I already have a Cepstral Voice I can plug into it... and you can use the ALICE database for the brains instead. Holy crap, exactly what I have been looking for to give my J5 conversational AI.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your project!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyberius View Post
    Wow, thanks for the info on Ultra HAL, I already have a Cepstral Voice I can plug into it... and you can use the ALICE database for the brains instead. Holy crap, exactly what I have been looking for to give my J5 conversational AI.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your project!
    You can hack ultra hal also. Ulta hal can open programs like email, web browser and others, but you can hack it to give your bot voice commands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archcvd View Post
    Ah okay. The reason I was asking was because I was considering using a few SLA batteries in parallel to provide for everything, however I ran into the problem of charging them all at the same time. I've been told it's possible if the batteries are identical in charge and life.

    In any case I look forward to seeing your bot built!
    That is true, you can charge them at the same time if they are the same. Thats why I went with this power source.

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    Re: PC Robots

    Hey Droid,

    Everything sounds pretty nailed down to me. The only thing I'd comment on is:
    1 Sabertooth 2x10 DC motor controller
    Sabertooths are nice controllers, but they've been having some problems (as I think we're discussing in another thread?).

    This is more for others reading this thread: If you already have a Sabertooth and it's working fine for you cool, if not, then I'd suggest picking up a different controller.

    But, I think you and Dave had already discussed this and found that you do have one that's defective?

    �In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed�
    - Charles Darwin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Droid Works View Post
    We should have a PC robotics section as it is becoming more and more popular.
    I guess I kind of think of the entire TRC as a PC robotics section (Not that we don't welcome all other breeds too, but it's the main focus here.)

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    Hey Matt, That project sounds awesome, Funny enough I bought quite a few phigits from you quite a while ago, 1 x 8/8/8, two 4 channel USB servo controllers and two four port USB controllers. Have not used them for a project yet, I have several pings and the whole range of GD2P IR sensors. Cool.
    Last edited by 4mem8; 04-25-2008 at 07:18 PM.
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