more on manatron!!!
built by Mike G. Otis - firstname.lastname@example.org
MANaTRON humanoid is an autonomous biped robot that
accomplishes a lot with only 6 servos - walk, talk, see, balance,
dance, and Tai Chi Martial Arts. Its success is due to a handful of
networked Basic Stamp computers and an innovative light weight
Taking two years to build from 2002 to 2004, he?TM]s the
?enumber five†in a family of robots, and the first biped humanoid
this series. There were ten variations of MANaTRON named
?ePrimary Tertiary Adjunct (1 to 10) of ten†as a tribute to Seven of
Nine in Star Trek.
A programmable robotic voice, based on the popular GI-
speech synthesizer chip and a custom language core, forms
speech in 6 languages.
MANaTRON has motion controlled feet, legs, arms, torso, and
head, using hobby servos and tiny computer networks. Multiple
miniature robotic computers are task dedicated for specific
functions and have their own operating systems.
While these tiny computers serve as a higher ordered brain,
talking back and forth, they have modular and core programming
to facilitate added programming, routines, or more brain core.
Rechargeable 9-volt and AA Batteries distributed throughout
body maintain center of gravity. The low number of servos
combined with extra powerful Nickel Metal Hydride cells is a great
combination for maximizing LBC (life between charges).
Parts are taken from various sources inclusive of kitchen tin
materials from the Republic of China, and a Toddler robot kit. Four
added motions are accomplished with a mechanical mobility core.
A miniature mercury inclinometer improves walking on inclined
PBASIC Programming software is uploaded to BS2s with a
portable Apple Macintosh iBook computer running OSX and
MACBS2. The humanoid has its own unique OS for extended
The development brain during "grow up, teach, and test"
consisted of tiny OEM computers, solderless breadboard, matrix
keyboard, 64K RAM, LCD, controller, speech board, and LEDs. To
formulate the range of motion, upper body mechanics were
mounted on a large Chinese Cola bottle. Legs were treated as a
module. Then, calculated motions were programmed, everything
was assembled, and finally, the contents of one brain was
transferred to the other.
Seeing the humanoid move slowly, executing Tai Chi Martial
with robo-precision, or dance the motions to a heartfelt love song
is enough to make lasting impressions on those who see it for the
first time! It would be exciting to take MANaTRON across the USA,
Germany, Russia, China, Japan, and Indian Reservations,
because he speaks the language!
6 DOF Servos
LEDs (LCD for development)
Weight: One Pound
About $500 in parts to duplicate
Son of Zylatron (SOZ)
BUGaTRON (da Chong)
My free Inclinometer Plans - posted in the pictures section