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Software / Help with setting up Axon II
« Last post by Kelpy on October 16, 2016, 04:36:55 AM »
Hello people. It's been about 6 years since I last came on here, or indeed, played with robots.
About that time I made an ERP clone, but never got around to programming it, but have now finished construction and want to try some of John's ERP routines.
As time moves on, I am now using Windows 7 64bit, and am having trouble connecting to the Axon with Tera Term. (I haven't even got around to boot-loaders yet!!).
I have made sure the Port and speed (115200 baud) are the same on both, and the Axon lights up when I connect battery. But I get nothing on Tera Term.
Does anyone have any ideas? I have to say, I can't find the original USB lead that came with it, does that matter? ( Oh, as an aside, I'm using AVR Studio 4.18.716 )
Any help will be much appreciated, as I love the Axon 2.
For Sale / posting rules
« Last post by Admin on October 13, 2016, 03:09:40 PM »
If you are a company selling a product, you *must* put [advertisement] in your subject line. Please see this link for paid advertising.

If your item is sold, mark it as sold.

Include a picture of the item.
For Sale / robots and robot parts for sale
« Last post by gtabasso on October 13, 2016, 10:34:27 AM »
I don't see rules for this thread; so, if this is not allowed please let me know. I work at HGR Industrial Surplus. We sell everything, including industrial surplus, used equipment, welding equipment, woodworking equipment, machine tools and robots! We do ship and have a showroom in Ohio. We also have an ebay store.

Inventory changes daily.


Hope this helps someone. I am NOT in sales. I do not get commission. I write the blog and do some digital stuff, including the website.

Misc / Meccabrain New Firmware - WOW the game is great !
« Last post by MeccaNoid Madness on October 11, 2016, 08:01:35 AM »
There is a new Meccabrain firmware update. This is for the G15, g15ks, 2.0 and 2.0xl

The new firmware has added 4 new modes/commands:

1. Game mode, hours and days of fun for your family and friends !!
(this is one of the best trivia game that I have ever played, it seems to have several 100 persons, places and things, The voice recognition is very good (90% correct). You can have up to 4 players)

2. Dance with me mode (interactive)

3. Hug me mode (just ok, but kids will love it)

4. the 4th one is kind of hidden in the settings menu, say "set alarm" to setup an alarm clock.

I am a little disappointed in the firmware update and new App., the LIM & App. recorder does not change the voice to sound more robotic, but the game mode is great.
let me get back to the game.
Misc / whatever happened to admin?
« Last post by Admin on October 10, 2016, 03:42:24 PM »
As some of the veterans know, I've rarely been active on the forum for the last few years. It's one of those things when as you get older life decides that you must have other priorities.

What have I been up to? I haven't done much robot building as a hobby at home for about 4 years now, although my day job keeps me at it. The last 2.5 years I spent designing the control systems for an advanced fuel cell used for Navy drones. Really cool stuff.

For the last three years I've been involved in quantitative finance, involving quite a lot of engineering and programming skills.

Anyway, while I rarely post, I'm still working on the back end ... making sure the database isn't crashing, fighting off spammers (a never ending job), upgrading software to fix the latest security flaws, paying the monthly server bill, etc. :P

ps - I apologize for being very bad at answering emails... I do read them I just don't have the time I used to when I was younger....
For Sale / Re: Sales/swap/exchange section in the forum??
« Last post by Admin on October 10, 2016, 03:25:17 PM »
Alright everyone, after years of thinking about it I finally decided to create a separate section for buying and selling your robot parts....

For Sale / Re: [for sale] Aoyue Solder Pot
« Last post by Admin on October 10, 2016, 02:59:42 PM »
I just remembered I still have this...

I'm now selling it for $160 + shipping.
Electronics / Humanoid robot is helping parents to take care of kids
« Last post by carloliu on October 08, 2016, 02:24:13 AM »
umanoid robots received great attention at this year’s Robot Business, the annual exhibition in San Jose, Canifornia, that pegs itself as “the most important robotics event in the world”.

Making your robot look and sound too much like human beings, explained by Jaegerson of Savioke, is the “expectations of intelligence go up”.

One of the most typical example is the Cookid, a child-size robot designed to take on distinctly adult responsibilities.

The 40cm tall cookid has wide eyes, working fingers and a touch screen tablet on its chest. It can sing, dance, and play Kung Fu. It can talk with children, answer questions like “Why is the sun hot?” or “How can water turn into ice”, and provide surveillance/video chat for absent parents.

“It’s a robot for children,” said Cookid Technology founder Zhigang Sun “It’s mainly for companionship.”  The cookid, he boasted, could keep children aged three to eight occupied for “a couple of hours” without adult supervision. It is perfect for the time when children arrive home from school a few hours before their parents get off work, he said.

The cookid takes the debate over the automation of human jobs to the next level. The ethics of how robots should interact with children is necessarily more fraught than the ethics of robots in the workforce. Childcare has rarely, if ever, been a particularly well-remunerated or respected job, but it is essential.

Noel Sharkey, a professor emeritus of robotics and artificial intelligence at the University of Sheffield, has been raising concerns about robotic nannies since 2008.

“Robots are a great educational tool for children. It inspires them to learn about science and engineering,” Sharkey told the Guardian in March. “It can help children be aware of the technology and by 3D visual programming, kids will develop creativity at an early age.
Robot Videos / Re: AUTONOMOUS - Award-winning Sci-Fi Short Film
« Last post by Spacefarer on October 06, 2016, 11:38:04 AM »
Thank you, and I'm really glad you liked AUTONOMOUS. I'm the filmmaker indeed. I wrote, produced and directed it :)
Robot Videos / Re: AUTONOMOUS - Award-winning Sci-Fi Short Film
« Last post by gtabasso on October 06, 2016, 09:27:20 AM »
Love indie films. Are you the filmmaker? If not, did you see it? If so, what were your thoughts?
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