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Misc / Roby d'Bear on Kickstarter
« Last post by Robotic-Drive on June 16, 2017, 12:44:05 PM »
Hello!

We have been working on our project for quite some time and now it's finally live. It's completely new robotic toy controlled via app on your phone or tablet. It's a robot which repeats after user in the form of an attractive bear. Suitable for both genders of all ages. The robot can be also used for learning songs, words etc.
Robot is powered by servo motors and a controller. All the brains of the robot are neatly packaged in our own app for mobile devices. Active Bluetooth connection enables complete control of the robot.
If you are interested, check it out here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/558941584/roby-dbear or here http://www.robotic-drive.com/

Feel free to ask about it.
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Misc / Re: What are the must have skills for Robotics field?
« Last post by Selroth on June 16, 2017, 11:34:14 AM »
Shoot.  I ask myself the same question, and I've worked in the field for 8 years and got some pretty serious brag-able accomplishments!

It's a very diffcult thing to narrow down on, because the field is changing so rapidly no one can really establish much of a "degree" program, and instead just rely on others.  Electrical engineering, mathematics, electronics engineering, computer science, information technology...  these are all great things to have degrees and certifications in.  But, are they hard requirments?  Well, I hope not, because even though I have a wall decorated with certifications and accomplishments, I actually dropped out of my Computer Science degree over a decade ago and don't really see a degree as a worthwhile investment anymore. 

Eventually, if I can, I'd love to start my own "robotics" business in "heavy robotics".  As an employer, I hope I can find the time to just skip over any "degrees" one may have listed on their resume, and instead look for specific certifications I need for my team, and accomplishments and experience.  Like finding an artist, I wouldn't look at their degrees or education (if any) - I'd look at their portfolio to see what they've done. 

Want a great job in robotics?  Well, if I ever have one to offer you, I'd want to see the robots you built at home. 

Just starting off?  Cool - we can always use someone to grab tools or give our engineers a hand (while learning what they're doing!)  I want to see reliability, proof of hard work, and going the extra mile (such as volunteering).  I want to know your hobbies, and if you have any productive ones.  Do you spend time writing freeware/open source programs, or do you whip out your Facebook and/or fidget spinner and nothing else when you get home?
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Misc / Re: Looking for Quality High School Robotics Experiences
« Last post by Selroth on June 16, 2017, 11:24:29 AM »
Well, the whole debate of what to include in our schools is a huge one.  But, from what I've seen, a lot of the higher-quality schools do still fit what you seem to be looking for. 

Have you looked into what events and such FIRST Robotics is doing in your area?  I don't know for sure, but I imagine many of the robots I'm seeing entered in the competitions are designed/built during school hours.  https://www.firstinspires.org/

There are many other STEM-related (and thus robotics-related) programs all over the world!  Some are more local, some are international.  But, you generally find out about the others in your area by going to one of them first.

Another thing you can look for are makerspace, sometimes called "hackerspaces".  In fact, there's a good map of known makerspaces on https://wiki.hackerspaces.org/List_of_Hacker_Spaces .  Be sure to look at the actual list too, because there's literally too many hackerspaces to be pinned on the map!  Chances are good you'll find one nearby, and that's an EXCELLENT source of information!
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Misc / Re: What rights do robots deserve?
« Last post by Selroth on June 16, 2017, 11:16:36 AM »
Not to be cold-hearted but... None.  They are machines built to fulfill a purpose, and as such are equipment to make our lives easier or better in some way.  Now, this isn't to say that we cannot have sentimental attachment and respect for our machines - I get quite sentimental over some tools and "things" I have around my house.  But, "rights" is also a very strong word.  Would I develop an almost friendship-like bond with a robot?  I already have!  But, I also have to remain a professional, and know when it's time for a scrap of junk to be salvaged for parts or tossed away to make room for something better.  Because unlike our real people (or animal) friends, or children, the robots we build will not have much of a purpose after we pass on, and thus they ultimately still are just "your property."  Sad, but... true. 

Remember to love those who love you back, and not those who cannot love at all.

Now, the line gets especially blurry (if not completely vanishes) when you start talking artificial intelligence.  The artificial intelligence I'm aware of is still about as dumb as a house fly (but can still accomplish some pretty darn impressive things!), but... it's obviously growing.  Are we actually creating something "living?"  Well, that's another topic entirely...  But, my brief thoughts: maybe...? 

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Misc / Re: How does a robot works?
« Last post by Selroth on June 16, 2017, 11:06:04 AM »
It usually converts some form of potential energy into an intelligently decided form of kinetic energy.  I pick "intelligently" because a robot is more than just a machine, it has a decision-making process, even if a simple one.  And I say kinetic energy, because if it doesn't actually move anything or any part of itself, it probably has a better fitting term to describe the device. 

  • Is a car a robot?  Not unless it's a new autonomous car - most cars have no decision making capability
  • Is an internet chatbot a robot?  No, because it's not physically moving anything.
  • Is a coffee maker a robot?  Yeah, kinda.  It decides when the water is hot enough, and moves the water over the coffee grounds and ultimately into the pot.  But, it's a pretty dang simple robot!
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Misc / Hello! Not really looking for anything, but a community!
« Last post by Selroth on June 16, 2017, 10:59:35 AM »
Looks like I signed up monthsyears ago (wow - nearly 7 years?!), but have never made a post.  Well, I sure as heck don't remember why I originally signed up, but I just searched through my email for "FIRST Robotics" as I'm trying to become an active volunteer for them again, but this website came up.  Isn't it funny when you search for something, and find an unexpected answer to something that's been bothering you?

Anyway, I'm Brian (though I guess my nickname here is Selroth), and I have experience with something I call "heavy robotics".  Think "heavy equipment" like construction vehicles, bulldozers and excavators, and now think of those things being under remote control.  Cool, huh?  I thought so too!  But, life has pulled me in a supposedly "better" direction, but... I miss my robots.  I feel like I've somehow worked myself out of my passion, and every moment I'm not in the field I fall behind twice as much.  So, rather than being involved professionally, I thought I would be more involved personally, as in, in my free time (or what little I have of it).  Hence why I was looking to volunteer again at FIRST events in my community, and thus the email search that brought me here.

And why not be here?  I love SMF (this forum software) - it's like a "classic" to me and I still use it on an online community of my own!  I love talking about robots and stuff, and want to do it more!  I'm so behind, and so incompetent in many fields I find so very interesting, and maybe by some stroke of luck I'll have some answers for others!  So, I'm going to turn on all the notifications/subscriptions I can, and try to be involved a bit more in THIS community, as well as my local makerspace and FIRST. 

Admin/Anyone "on staff": could you get in touch with me too?  I'd like to discuss getting a Discord chatroom going for you guys, as I think that'd be a major hit for a community like this!  That AJAX chatroom put me back in the 90s, and while I loved it there, I don't think it's attractive to our younger audience :)  (not to mention this SMF-default horrid captcha - good thing I know to always CTRL-C my post before submitting!)
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Misc / How does a robot works?
« Last post by Deepakcandyman on June 15, 2017, 05:40:23 AM »
How does a robot works?
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Misc / Tech Tip - Secret Life of Servos
« Last post by ServoCity on June 13, 2017, 08:15:40 AM »
Excited to launch our new Tech Tip video series - The Secret Life of Servos! Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to catch our newest releases. Stay tuned . . .

The Secret Life of Servos - What is a Servo?
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Electronics / I fried my Sabertooth 2x12A
« Last post by Kisses99 on June 12, 2017, 02:48:13 PM »
I hooked up my sabertooth 2x12A to 2 200w wheelchair motors.  Assuming 200w under 24v are draining 8A only.  I used RC receiver as the input signal.  So when I connected everything and tried to adjust balance output of the elevator, the controller board emitted white smoke and fried. 
Is the board too small for 200W motors?  The wheels were not even on the ground so there was no load (other than some small torque from the wheel).

I bought 2x32A to replace that not sure if it's good enough..
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Misc / What rights do robots deserve?
« Last post by Deepakcandyman on June 08, 2017, 06:29:03 AM »
What rights do robots deserve?
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