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re: New Toddler Walking Robot eGroup

Be sure to join the new Yahoo eGroup about the new Parallax Toddler Walking Robot, and all other cool walking robot creations! I'm the moderator and founder. We're posting a lot of information about walking robotics, motion control programming, hardware and photos. Be sure to stop by and join in - everyone is welcome. Take a look at those cool robot photos!!!

Homepage: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/toddler_robot/

27 Aug 2002 (updated 3 Sep 2002 at 06:08 UTC) »

Note: BIPEDAL WALKING Humanoid Project re: REDUCING OVERALL WEIGHT Today, replaced a lot of metal hardware, i.e. bolts, nuts, spacers, washers, with their nylon and phenolic equivalents. Nylon and phenolic materials are readily available at a local parts surplus store. The amount of weight saved is equal to one complete computer! This is good news, especially since the plan calls for another onboard computer, networked to the first. There are still some metal hardware pieces that could be replaced for more weight savings. This will allow mounting more of the exoskeleton, and reducing wear on the motion control servos for walking.</em>

26 Aug 2002 (updated 27 Aug 2002 at 19:02 UTC) »

Posted a new project called the EXOSKELETON PROJECT FOR HUMANOIDO APPLICATION. This skin EXOSKELETON covering is designed to protect the Humanoid from electrical shorts, prevent damage from falls, and serve as new mounting positions for additional sensors and parts. The overall Humanoid design is accomplished in metal, primarily lightweight aluminum, and thus, the skin will also contain the same material.

25 Aug 2002 (updated 26 Aug 2002 at 08:03 UTC) »

Project completed today: a USB to IEEE-1284 Bridge under Windows Virtual PC running Windows 98 within a Macintosh iBook. A USB device driver was installed (also under Windows 98) and configured for a cable, compatible with a parallel port device. The USB port is a Macintosh shared resource. Although originally designed for driving a printer (for computers lacking parallel ports), this device will serve as a parallel EEPROM interface for burning code into PIC processors.

Final parts are now in the lab to commence work on the Humanoido walking motion control system. This will have one full scale onboard computer dedicated to walking. Work has begun and the legs are now in place along with the driving servo motors. A new project is now established to develop the Exoskeleton for Humanoido. All primary exoskeleton parts are now collected. These light weight parts of metal strength will reinforce the Humanoido while serving as mounting platforms for conceiled electronics and mechanics.

I've added the Robotic Universal Language Translator PROJECT RULT, a language translator for humanoid/cyborg/android application, primarily communicating in any language. Work has progressed on this project since its conception in 1974, though now the project has taken on new focus. Recapping, since the project began, the following languages were studied: German, Russian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Tagalog, Sioux, Greek, and some Latin. I certainly don't consider my fluency in any of these languages to be significant, but rather have gained incredible insights conducive to continuing work on the Universal Translator. With the advent of worldwide web technology, learning and practicing a new language is made increasingly easy. Plus, you can chat in the language of your choice online. I believe there are romanized versions of most languages, making conventional computers compatible.

21 Aug 2002 (updated 21 Aug 2002 at 03:35 UTC) »

A glitch in the web server or connection caused all but the first few lines to delete and I've recreated the site information. I now have 3 backups of each page and saved in 3 formats. This has a positive side because all the material is now updated. The good news is diary entries remained intact.

19 Aug 2002 (updated 19 Aug 2002 at 03:17 UTC) »

My trip to Indonesia was more than fascinating. It was primarily focused on Indonesian culture and language to glean a large amount of information for the Robotic Universal Language Translator Project RULT. Although there are two main spoken languages with Indonesian at the forefront, there's an infinite number of dialects spoken throughout thousands of indigenous islands. A romanized Indonesian language version exists with an alphabet similar to English. This allows computerized language mapping consistent with RULT.

Although an Ethnologue Database (from the Summer Institute of Linguistics) documents 6,800 world languages, I expect the actual value to be much higher. For example, there are some 41,000 documented alternate names and dialects found here. Either way, the Robotic Universal Language Translator Project is a massive undertaking. Even with reducing the overall language libraries by simplification of word dictionaries, the resulting storage capacities exceed today's silicon memory standards and technology.

However, I've now developed new technology and an Algorithmic State Equation ASE that functions like a multidemensional language matrix, which exists in a state of calculus, to reduce storage requirements by over a million tetraquads. The Robotic Universal Language Translator State Matrix Equation is the key. There are "N" dimensional Load Sharing Cells LSC that are allowed to dimensionally grow as the data language library grows. Rather than pullup language mono-cells and replace with N-Dimensional new language cells (for the interpretation and learning states) as in the human brain, a Floating Acceptance Pad FAP is made available in real time. It's faster and more efficient that the human brain when N-Dimensional language data is a primary consideration. As with many asian cultural languages, such as Japanese, Korean, and Chinese, which use a pure form of symbology to convey ideas, the FAP is an excellent choice.

I believe this approach could also be applied to "alien" cultures that use abstractual content in their communications. This makes possible a "universal translator."

This week I'm leaving to study and share advanced humanoid robotics and android technology in Indonesia. After the Japan trip, output on the Humanoid Project was nearly doubled. I expect this to happen again after Indonesia.

Latest log entry, developed designs creating four primary logic controller boards and five secondary function boards. These "green" PCBs are loaded with features, including mini-keyboards, keyboard encoder ICs or PCBs, plug-n-play gold connectors, LEDs, array terminal strips, serial LCDs, and solderless breadboards. The boards give the ability to integrate all the primary functions of a full scale computer, but on a much smaller scale in terms of physical dimensions. The greatest capapcity board has ports available for 6 expansion boards in addition to a large solderless breadboard work area. The smallest board version will fit in the palm of your hand, and includes LCD, micro-keyboard, plug port array, CPU, IC socket and driver, encoder ICs, and a solderless breadboard.

Notes: The Embedded Microcontrollers Array is a new project to create an array of specific microcontroller boards with embedded microprocessors for use in robotic devices and for development, design, and analysis. Additional incorporated designs include expansion array, micro matrix keypad, LCD, memory, power supply, serial communications, and I/O ports.

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