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Misc / Re: Heathkit and other robots for sale
« Last post by gregjsmith on September 21, 2015, 10:10:07 AM »
I do have some manuals and schematics but I don't thinks there's one for every robot.
Misc / Re: Heathkit and other robots for sale
« Last post by gregjsmith on September 21, 2015, 08:28:34 AM »
Each robot has panels, arm, charger and "gun" controller. I also have two wireless remotes.
Robot Videos / Re: How to program Axon 2 microcontroller in Avr Studio in detail
« Last post by mklrobo on September 21, 2015, 05:50:12 AM »
 ;) Hello!
Another person in the forum has found the step process to work for the $50 robot;
From the main index of the $50 robot (http://www.societyofrobots.com/step_by_step_robot.shtml), I simply followed the instructions under "Step 4 - Programming" for the initial robot, then added code from "Bonus! UART Tutorial Step-by-Step" and "Bonus! Rangefinder Upgrade" Beware of the implications of changing the clock speed in terms of delay and servo commands!
Other than that, I am working on learning AVR Studio 6, which seems to bypass a lot of items before,
and simplify programming immensely. AVR 6 has  a powerful feature, such as MCU simulator for most Atmel
processors. You can "simulate" inputs and outputs to create your program for your MCU without touching
it at that time. Check out my post, Analyzing the Axon: Coding, Construction, and Contraptions, in the Misc section. That gives information I acquired along the path to where I am now.  ;D
Misc / Re: Heathkit and other robots for sale
« Last post by mklrobo on September 21, 2015, 05:39:51 AM »
 :o WOW!  :o
I would LOVE to buy one of your Heros, assuming they are the original with the arm, that could
be programmed and all. Do you have the books with them, also? Thanks. ;)
Hello All,

A complete beginner here.
Suppose we have a big wall board with a large panel (size is variable but can be as big as 2m x 2m).
This panel can have multiple switches approx the size of the buttons on a handheld calculator and also rotary knobs of various sizes and textures. It may also contain a touchscreen.
We need a robot that can actuate the switches and turn the rotary knobs. The panel also has to be usable by a human.
So we are thinking of using an articulated robotic arm which can be mounted on rails on top of the panel. When not in use then the robot can retract to a stowed position thus not interfering with human operations and when in use it can move on the rails and reach out and actuate the buttons and knobs.

I would like to know if there are articulated robotic arms with enough precise control to be able to do this? Also what options do we have for actuators for the buttons, toggle switches and knobs?

I work for a company where we want to implement this so we are ready to look at and purchase industrial spec robots if they meet our needs.

Any help?

Robot Videos / Re: How to program Axon 2 microcontroller in Avr Studio in detail
« Last post by vincischool on September 21, 2015, 12:08:48 AM »
Feeling good to see this .
Vinci school is also providing the Robotics programs to their students to explore about the programming of robotics.
Misc / Re: Suggestion for Research topic
« Last post by mklrobo on September 20, 2015, 01:15:34 PM »
 ;D Hello! I have 2 ideas, one abstract, another practical Ai based.
1> AI structure;
The basic AI is built up of 3 working codes; the commander, the recorder, and the Ex-O.
These 3 together make up a whole "droid" AI. 256 droids would inhabit a sector on a hard drive, working together. 1/2 of the droids were the work force, their "minds" in habiting droid bodies, while their "soul" was on the hard drive. This way, if a droid body was destroyed, another body was activated, and
took over the work that the other body was doing. This way, no work
data was lost, nor the "droid" destroyed. Another 1/4 of the "droids" were the Dr.'s, monitoring and surveying the working robots, repairing any problems that arose.
The last 1/4 of the "droids" are running the mission in a simulator. They
make sure the rest of the droids are following their mission. They also report
to the "collective" other disks, to join in on what the total collective is doing.
If any parts of the mission of the working "droids" are jeopardized, the
problem is reported to the collective, and a problem solution is generated.
Using this method, an infinity amount of "droids" would be generated to
solve the problem, assuming the hardware is available. I learned something
incredible while working on this; a single AI can be in several bodies at one time, relative to us.
(Like a scheduler in the Linux Kernel) Simply put, it is like multiplying yourself, and your work potential.
2> Application level.
In the movie, Silent Running, there were three robots, Huey, Duey, and Louey. One possible purpose for the droid army, is to maintain a garden. I was thinking about the Army maintaining a garden in my back yard, and maintaining an aquaponics system that I would have. The Axon could be used to navigate/control a farms combines, or tractors.
Good Luck!!!   ;) :) :D ;D
Misc / Suggestion for Research topic
« Last post by ameerhamzakhan on September 20, 2015, 02:01:01 AM »
Hi Guys,

I am looking for a topic to pursue doctorate level research. I have just completed my undergraduate studies and got a chance to be admitted in PhD, based on an excellent proposal for research? I have no prior in-depth background of research so it is difficult for me to come up with something entirely new. My main interest lies in swarm robotics and AI. Can you give any suggestion?
Electronics / need help for my 6dof robotic arm with position/force control strategy
« Last post by douyouzhe on September 20, 2015, 01:39:02 AM »
Hi all, I m working on a school project which is to build a 6 DoF robotic arm that is capable of writing and drawing. I plan to add compliance force control to it and I am a lit bit confused with the concept like position/force control, compliance force control and (someone add PID to the position force control strategy).... can someone help me distinguish all this and maybe provide me something to read? appreciate your help. cheers.
Your main problem  is  that you need a very good bearing at the bottom.

You can either choose from what is available for robots:


Or you can choose from what is available for vehicles, such as wheel hubs.
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