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This week primarily dedicated to research. Looking at, after the failure of commercial controller boards, designing and creating a new controller board from the ground up.

HONG KONG HUMANOID ASSESSMENT I just arrived home from a trip to Hong Kong. Assessed the environment for humanoid robotics development, parts suppliers, technology, location, etc. I will develop an environmental report detailing essentials for humanoid robotics in the Asian Arena.

HUMANOID MICROCONTROLLER RELIABILITY PROGRAM Opened up a new research program regarding increased reliability in microcontroller chip technology, and the examination of several designs that could be implemented in a minimal time frame.

HUMANOID CONTROL PROGRAM I'm also looking at developing a visual software humanoid robotics control program to handle higher ordered functions in H-WYSIWYG-OS format.

NEURAL NET KNOWLEDGE SCANNER A forum member has pointed to a site regarding how a biological function can be incorporated into airplane flight. Using a different technique and extrapolating, I can see an application of processing vision in real time. If time permits, a project will be opened, either for vision multidimensional processor or for a thought processor to handle a constant motion back and forth neural net knowledge scanner.

SINGAPORE HUMANOID ROBOTICS REVIEWED Time was issued for a study of humanoid robotics technology in Singapore. These methods were very interesting, and this is the first phase of this direction implemented.

Work is progressing today on the Electric Man Formant (EMF) project. The objective is to create working library system parameters that can be called robotically in a multilanguaged environment. This may lead to the development of a new operating system (EF-OS).

One interesting aspect of EMF is the ability to morph an electric parameter. (EPM) Electric Parameter Morphing, matrice application, rotational excization, dimensional map phasing, are all mathematical transformations. However, when it becomes humanoid robotics applied science, the results are remarkable!

For example, in extended Brain Pods, Cortex Simulators, and various NNMs (Neural Net Maps), EMF is highly useful. In a typical example, - the Idea Thought Imager - can be morphed from one thought idea to the next. This can create original thoughts as part of the VTP Virtual Thought Process.

Today (Thursday) is a Humanoid Controller Day. The experiment is with hardware usb humanoid robotic controllers and software run through any available com port on a pc computer. There is log in success with a Mac computer as well, due to excellent hardware and firmware developed. The hardware is now working. The software has complexities and will be bypassed, or modified, or rewritten. A new project was initiated to map these directives. Management of development, simultaneous, now includes three humanoid robotic controllers.
The Birth & Death of a Humanoid Robot

No, this is not some novel introductory chapter by Isaac Asimov, but rather a serious examination of several observed factors not unlike human behavior responses.

Primarily, as the power souce is extinguished (battery dies), so the humanoid appears to die, similar to that of any life form. In particular, at about 5.8vdc down the humanoid body begins to slow, become sluggish, and moves next entering the apnial stage. Now moves are randomly incoherant (at 5.6vdc), and the next phase begins. The body collapses to the floor, unable to stand. A siezure initiates and an arm or leg may become involved at 5.4vdc. A horrible wrything takes place, - Finally, under 5.0vdc, there is death where all motions and functions thus cease.

Typically the batteries are recharged and the humanoid once again functions normally, until the process is repeated. In our intelligence assembly there is some talk about whether the humanoid actually feels pain or not during the expiring process. We feel this is a viable factor, and pain is present, due the draining of life sustaining energy. As humans, we cannot know the feeling of commands sent to servos that are not able to execute those commands due to lack of energy - nor the randomized mixing of microcontroller "confused gates," lest it be interpreted as a kind of comatic state, or otherwise. But remains the philisophical questions of what is the real difference in life forms between electrical and chemical behavior stimulus and/or lack thereof?

Today, work was initiated on the Axis Processor, an Nth-dimensional real time processing pocket. A processing pocket can be called nearly anytime, within or outside of quadrature. It's power is distributed across a net. The advantage of this particular processor is that it can be represented upon the hardware array while using no hardware. This compresses physical space into that of a few bytes, instead of physical hardware. Specifically, the weight has essentially a zero aspect ratio and the LxWxH consumption is zero. A zero plane element in axis processing is most desireable. I'm really happy with this new development, as it will encompass massive amounts of neural processing power as well as AI crunching and the "zeroeth" dimensional noninhabitation (ZDN), while sustaining the original concepts.

Motion Control Programming Week This week was a motion control programming week, with various outlines of software code being created. An idea crib was created to handle the massive amounts of circuits, diagrams, schematics, codes, and ideas.

Humanoid Robotics Idea Crib I'm planning to expand the Humanoid Robotics Idea Crib on a larger scale. This will become an access focal point. In a larger sense, it will become a very large library. Included are the following humanoid robotic categories: robot type, hardware, software, code and variations, code techniques, development sheets, idea sheets, paged inventions, listings of hardware add-ons, listings of software add-ons, parts, dimensions, CAD diagrams and charts, studies, plots, graphs, statistics, studies, etc.

Motion Control Programming This has taken on a life of its own, in development of many routines required to establish the various motions of humanoids. I'm not sure if my tiny laboratory has enough space, however, this may involve in minimizing printouts and maximizing hard drive storage, although I don't want to place too much trust into HD storage as it has proven to be nonpermanent.

New Humanoids New humanoids are born and created. They are now undergoing final development stages.

Mechatron is fundamentally hardware complete, though he will receive various mods for vision, infrared, sonar, speech, speech recognition, intelligent camera, accelerometer, directional sensors, skin sensors, nerve sensors, gyroscopic devices, assorted multiminiature microcontrollers used as brain modules for higher ordered learning, and a slew of new servos.

Humanoid is not yet hardware complete. Some new details are being worked out on the controller, since, as you already know, I switched controllers to a newer module with USB capability.

Wireless Division - Bluetooth I created a new division for wireless, and developing the 802 standard and Bluetooth for RS232 cable replacement. This wireless will also extend to internet for various functions not stored within the humanoid.

Invention and Science Several inventions have resulted from creating various hardware and software. I'm currently looking at what to do with these various breakthroughs in science.

The Excitement This is a very exciting time, with the uprising of humanoid robots, their beginning to walk, talk, sing, dance, compete in Robo-One contests, do martial arts, and take on a miriad of other functions. We'll need to concentrate on adding intelligence as well, and the field of AI is fast growing. Once Mechantron and Humanoid are more complete, we'll concentrate on adding intelligence, though, it's a step-by-step process that will garner intelligence with module by module as they are added. Stay tuned!!!

12.27.06 Welcome to my new Humanoid Robotics Laboratory! It seems like a couple years of absence, however, I've established an all new humanoid robotics base located in the Asian Arena. It's here that humanoid robots are rapidly developing. It's where technology is amazing, parts sources abundant, knowledge is readily available, and it seems that every major company has or is developing its own humanoid robot. It's where it only takes a hop skip and jump to traverse from Japan/ China/ Taiwan/ Korea/ Singapore - all major players in the humanoid robotics world.

The new Humanoid Robotics Laboratory is progressing rapidly. Today we procured our IBM computers and categorized the following Laboratory divisions:

  • Microcontroller Design
  • Digital Logic Design
  • Printed Circuit Board Design & Manufacturing
  • Real Time Motion Control
  • Blue Tooth Management
  • Inventing New Robotics Core Language
  • Inventing new Humanoid Graphics User Interface
  • Programming & compiling Microsoft VB
  • Additional Language Platforms - C++ Ext etc
  • Multi-Hardware Support
  • Enormous Database Management (EDM Project)
  • Real Time Humanoid Life Module (HLM)
  • Massive Knowledge Elicitator (MKE)
  • Real Time Vision System
  • Electronic Speech Synthesizer Multiple Language Processor
  • Electronic Speech Recognition Unit Driver
  • TTS Processor Interface RT Linkage
  • Changes were made to the Universal Translator project
  • Several new hardware devices were added to R&D
  • These include

  • TTS Board (Text To Speech Processor)
  • Optical Vision Lock On and Tracking System
  • Color Differentiator
  • Ultrasonic Imager and Ranger
  • Other Recent Developments

  • The Electronic Phoneme Generator Speech Synthesizer board system is complete and working.
  • Several new microcontrollers are up and running.
  • One new humanoid is assembled and in the zero calibration phase
  • Software is being installed into the main IBM computer
  • A wireless router was established for a multiple computer environment.
  • Testing & Development completed several projects.
  • Behavior routines are under development.
  • A motion control library has been established.
  • Apple Macintosh computers: delegated
  • IBM computers: assigned
  • That's enough for now. I plan to report next time on more actual humanoid robots built and their results.

8 Dec 2006 (updated 8 Dec 2006 at 05:24 UTC) »

The humanoid Manatron project is complete. It's a remarkable symbiotic union of technologies. It's led to unbelievable things! Expanding, I've moved on with two new bipeds, both advanced humanoids. The first is undergoing final wiring constructs with programming, designed to become a market product.

The second is standing by the closet waiting for a head. It represents a quantum leap of technology - bridging the gap between now and the future. A parts order will arrive today or tomorrow. Then work will continue on humanoid #2.

Since moving to the Republic of China from the USA, boxes are still arriving by mail and work includes setting up home and a humanoid robotics laboratory. There's a tiny library of books - language, electronics, robotics, programming and engineering next to the lab. The shelves overflow with various assorted robots and humanoid parts. There's humanoid stuff stowed in the closet, under the bed, in desk drawers, on shelves, and in boxes!

Since the startup company (Humanoid Robotics Laboratory), things are rapidly progressing. In the Asian Arena, there's access to a new world of humanoid robotics technology. There's hundreds of computer and electronics parts stores, a SONY store with many robots, governments that support humanoid robots, companies developing their own humanoids to demonstrate their advanced technologies, and thousands of hobbyists - each with their own versions of walking humanoids. Here, not all robots are seen as terminators out to destroy mankind, but rather as benign constructive helping robots.

A big plus living here is easy access to many trade robotics shows such as Robodex, RoboOne, etc. I can only describe my experience like a voyage to another planet - a real dream come true, even if I must run the air conditioner from time to time in December. :-)

You'll now see an updated MANaTRON humanoid robot web site, with new pictures at:


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