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Name: Rui Alves
Member since: 2003-04-12 11:47:19
Last Login: 2005-12-15 15:42:50

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Homepage: http://zodiak.f2o.org


I have built 4 robots, all mobile, 3 with two driving wheels and one tank-like. All were built with the HC11 processor and I used the MRC11 board from mekatronix in 3 of them (for the other I used the brains from rug warrior). I'm quite interested in alternative locomotion systems (mostly legged) and I'm extremelly interested in flawless function control (i.e. how to control robot actions based on sensor input reliably - how to solve inherent sensor unreliability and how to control the output e.g. position or speed control). some years ago I entered a micromouse competition as part of my last year university project (http://microrato.ua.pt -> sorry, in portuguese). Recently added to my robot portfolio, is "GRASP 2 - Teleoperated Robotic Arm with Live Camera Feed"


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9 Feb 2005 (updated 7 Aug 2005 at 14:50 UTC) »

I have posted revision 1 of my "GRASP2 - Teleoperated Robot Arm Manual" in HTML format, available on my site: follow this link .

see ya!

15 Aug 2004 (updated 15 Aug 2004 at 17:00 UTC) »


I have just posted an article about the insides of the very-hackable robosapiens by wowwee and Mark Tilden.

The article can be found on my site: http://zodiak.f2o.org/extra.php?id_extra=23 .

This is only part I where I open most of the covers on my unit. Soon I will post the last developments.



NOTE: I wrote this entry before I knew about this: http://www.servomagazine.com/hack-a-sapien/ ahh life is so interesting!

ok, after a long time I finally decided to take the time to configure my network to allow access to GRASP2 (my teleoperated robotic arm) through the internet. From now on, if I online and feel like it, I will grant access to the web control of GRASP2. You can check if GRASP2 is controllable at any given time at my site - it will say ONLINE or OFFLINE and it will show the access link in case I online (go to http://zodiak.f2o.org).

Keep in mind that at this point this is all experimental!

See you there!

Some changes on my robot portfolio:

my pages: http://zodiak.f2o.org

1. I added the possibility of teleoperation via the internet through any browser to GRASP, the robotic arm. I have posted the howto on my pages (pdf file, 32 pages).

2. Also, I finally got the 4th servo for base rotation to work. Now GRASP has 4 DOF! Like the robot itself, the base is also built with recycled parts and this time I used a CD rack. I have also posted a simple page documenting how I built the rotating base.

The question is: when will I be able to add my extraordinary thinking machines to the robomenu? ;-)

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