Project MANaTRON is nearing completion. Here's the preliminary description of this humanoid robot:
Class: Walking Humanoid
Motion: Head, arms, feet, legs, torso
Microcontrollers: multiple Basic Stamp 2
Speech: SPO256 Allophone Processor
Exoskeleton: Aluminum tin cans
Walking: Tilt and stride
Vision: IR detectors
Backpack: SSC controller
Meet MANaTRON - the most exciting, sophisticated and newest robot in the homebuilt Tron family! (other members include Zylatron, Son of Zylatron, Bugatron, and Automatron)
Built from 2002 to 2004, MANaTRON is the first family humanoid, with six degrees of freedom - enabling motions for arms, legs, feet, head, and torso.
For tilt and stride, this humanoid uses a Basic Stamp computer and parts from a Parallax Toddler kit. The key to its expanded mechanical motions is a miniature upper mobility core, created from four unionized servos mounted orthogonal to each other.
Expansion success is all about "center of gravity" and weight control. MANaTron sports chrome colors in a nearly weightless and highly durable outfit comprised of recycled aluminum sardine cans, nylon nuts & bolts, and phenolic washers.
Programming is with a Macintosh computer and PBASIC - an efficient language designed specifically for microcontroller applications. MANaTRON is completely self sufficient and autonomous.
Additional Basic Stamp 2 computers are distributed throughout the robots tin can exoskeleton, interfaced to a serial servo controller SSC for motion, and add-ons such as SPO256 alophone speech, infrared vision, tilt inclinometer, and expansion pcb's.
Prototyping was accomplished with two Parallax BOEs (Board of Education), and solderless breadboards purchased in Taiwan.
Power is derived from on-board 9-volt and AA batteries, distributed throughout, for weight distribution. A home- built inclinometer fine tunes walking across surfaces that are not level. The robot stands just over 14-inches tall, and would cost about $500 in parts to duplicate.
Bringing MANaTRON to life is a spectacular experience! Primary applications are education, fun, and hobby. He can do simple walk, dance, Chinese Tai Chi, and is multilingual as programmed. For more information:
Zylatron http://www.robotics.com/robomenu/zylatron.html Son of Zylatron (SOZ) http://www.robotics.com/robomenu/soz.html AutomaTron http://www.robotics.com/robomenu/automatron.html BUGaTRON (da-Chong) http://www.robotics.com/robomenu/bugatron.html