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27 Oct 2004 (updated 27 Oct 2004 at 18:07 UTC) »

I have been back into the bots again lately, with a project involving a 2 wheeled balancing robot.

Check my page at http://enki.cthuugle.com/archives/cat_robots.php

I am also going to be using my new gumstix board to control the visual system!

Check for updates soon, because I just finished the entire upper body assembly.

Blech..... Weeks of simple net programming have reduced my brain to mush. Still, the worst of it is over, and it looks like I may have access to the CNC machine some time in the near future. More robot plans to follow.....

28 May 2001 (updated 28 May 2001 at 19:03 UTC) »

Well, I found some interesting code on the internet for a serial driven servo controller, for up to 8 servos, on a single pic 16c54A ucontroller. Kickass. Unfortunately, there was no schematics, circuit board, or anything else for the thing. Not that that is really a problem.

I have built the schematics and pc-board for the controller, and managed to squash the whole thing into a 1.65" x 1.95" space. Just supply 6 volts and you are good to go. I will be posting the entire thing on my site at RantTV later on today. I tested on a breadboard, but I still need to test the actual board, so don't build it just yet eh?

The code itself (written by Mark Sullivan, available at http://www.markwo rld.com/servo1.asm) is capable of running 8 servos, off of a 9600 bps 8n1 serial port. It can run up to 19,200 or down to 300 bps. This should help me get my legs moving.

14 May 2001 (updated 27 Oct 2004 at 18:06 UTC) »

Well, I headed on down to the alleged meeting of the Vancouver Robotics Club on Sunday. 10:00am came, then 10:30, then 11:00.....

No members.

Lot's of other people who were curious about the club came out, and we talked for a bit about what we were all doing, but in the end, no members. So we left. I took down all the non-members emails and I am hoping to form a Vancouver Robotics Club splinter faction ;)

Hmm, what to post... I have some interesting ideas for control systems, especially a feedback motion control system that allows for sub-millimeter positioning and very high speed using a pneumatic cylinder. I have used this system to great effect for an automotive application. I have wanted to play with it for a leg actuator for a while now, but never have enough time. Drop me a line through my homepage if you are interested in learning more...

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