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Software / Re: ER-1 Robot - recycling
« Last post by algtrader on September 29, 2016, 03:56:36 PM »

I'm using Microsoft Security Essentials.

Software / Re: ER-1 Robot - recycling
« Last post by Chewy on September 29, 2016, 02:44:47 PM »
Hi Al

 I re-downloaded and scanned with AVG anti virus.  No problems were detected.  The web hosting service (Weebly) also scanned the files for issues before posting them.  What anti virus package are you using?

Software / Re: ER-1 Robot - recycling
« Last post by algtrader on September 29, 2016, 10:33:13 AM »

Thanks!  I am having issues downloading the two zip files - the computer thinks the files have viruses.  Did you have the same issues?

Software / Re: ER-1 Robot - recycling
« Last post by Chewy on September 28, 2016, 09:40:18 PM »
Hi Algtrader
  You can download new updated drivers from  The original drivers did not work with anything newer than Windows XP but these are  modified  drivers and work with newer versions of Windows.   They are unsigned drivers requiring a non standard installation.   

To setup / use:
  a.   Enter  the unsigned driver installation mode by:
      i.   Open the 'Run dialog'  (press Win+R)
     ii.    type shutdown.exe /r /o /f /t 00
    iii.    After rebooting into the 'Options Menu', click 'Troubleshoot' and then 'Advanced Options'.
    iv.   Click 'startup settings' and then 'reboot'.
     v.    After rebooting, click option 7 'Disable driver signature enforcement' and reboot.
  b.   Navigate to the RCM Driver folder of the download package.
  c.   Right click on the file ftdibus.inf and click on install.  Follow the prompts.
  d.   Right click on the file ftdiport.inf and click on install.  Follow the prompts.
  e.   Connect the ER1. to your laptop. 

Electronics / what parts do i need for my robot
« Last post by roboticsman on September 28, 2016, 12:12:28 PM »
I want my robot to contain about 20 MB of data or a little more, this will be mostly in text. some pictures so that it can recognize one or two particular objects. So obviously, i want a camera connected to it and i want it to be able to save images (no need to display them, just save, i would access them through a PC later. HOWEVER, i do want it to have an output text screen, ie, i want it to be able to display text on a screen, just plain text.)

I also want it to be controlled by speech recognition, so it has to be able to accept voice input. Also, i want it to be capable of producing voice output, but only one or two prerecorded sounds.

lastly, an infrared sensor will be used for distance gauging and a push button one for contact.

summary of needs:
microcontroller and parts required to:
  • store at least 20 MB of data, text (the microcontroller needs to be able to access this text and run algorithms on it, GET data only, not change it), and images (images only for image recognition)
  • allow saving images taken by the camera
  • speech recognition as input
  • output audio (only one or two prerecorded sounds)
  • output plain text on a screen
  • equip an infrared sensor for measuring distance and contact push buttons for detecting contact

if relevant, i am using tracked wheels, two dc motors, the robot will move upon detecting an object using the camera. i will decide what motor controller to use when one of you good fellows lets me know what microcontroller would be adept for my wants.

Note: for speech recognition input, i know i will use an advanced sound sensor, and for the infrared and push button sensors i obviously know what I'm using, same with the camera. I only mentioned these ones so you would know what i need the micro controller i use to be capable of. But as for the data storage and saving photos and screen, i have no idea what i can use as i have never used anything similar in a robot before
« Last post by woody01dw on September 27, 2016, 05:52:38 AM »

Completely new to the forum and predominantly specialise in product design.  I currently work for a company designing a new product to be launched next summer.  We are having difficulty designing a circuit to support/run the product.

Any help will be greatly appreciated and there is scope to pay for any design/test work completed and assistance with future products.  Simple money!

Summary of requirement:
1) Motor required to drive a conveyor belt (torque equivalent to stretching a thick elastic band/catapult)
2) Motor speed to remain the same throughout
3) Motor required to complete 1 turn cycle of the conveyor belt
4) Be able to control the time between cycles (from 20 second intervals to 180 second intervals)
5) Motor is to be off during intervals
6) Simple interval control panel required for user convenience
7) Re-chargeable battery with at least 8 hours of product life (similar to re-chargeable remote control cars etc)
8) Simple/robust design for use with outdoor products (cheap to manufacture)

Simply put - you turn the product on, the motor turns the conveyor belt once, the motor then stops (for a period between 20 & 180 seconds), it then starts again and turns the conveyor belt once more... and so on and so on.  It must be able to do this for at least 8 hours on a re-chargeable battery.  It must also have a simple interval control system, be robust and therefore cheap to manufacture.

If you think you can help or require more information, please reply or email me directly at [email protected]

I look forward to working together.

Software / ER-1 Robot - recycling
« Last post by algtrader on September 26, 2016, 08:47:56 PM »

I was cleaning up our guest room and found my ER-1 Robot.  I want to check if anyone here has the software, i.e., the drivers for the robot.  I was able to download the Robot Control Center but cannot find the driver for the ER-1 robot control module.

I was planning to drive the robot via the USB ports of my laptop but not using the ER-1 software which came with the robot.  I think there is still some value in learning how to program it using .net.

Or if the software is not available anymore, can you suggest a way of recycling the ER-1? I'm thinking I can still use the frame and the stepper motors which came with the robot and interface it to an Arduino uno microcontroller unit.

Thanks in advance

Robot Videos / Cataglyphis: The Autonomous Rover that won NASA Centennial Challenge
« Last post by gy60356 on September 26, 2016, 11:18:57 AM »
Hi, I am new to this forum (first post here!). Checkout our robot, Cataglyphis, that recently won the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge:

Cataglyphis is a bio-inspired robot that uses many similar strategies as the Cataglyphis in nature - Australia desert ant.

Electronics / Arducopter in Loiter Mode to with Tersus RTK
« Last post by Tersus GNSS on September 26, 2016, 01:28:10 AM »
Arducopter in Loiter Mode to with Tersus RTK … Check it out…
Original from Mr. Michael Oborne and his Ardupilot Dev Team in Australia.

I am a GPS RTK engineer from Tersus GNSS. Tersus GNSS is a start-up company from Switzerland who make least expensive, reliable, centimeter-level positioning accuracy GPS RTK boards for surveying, precision agriculture, and drones, etc. Our RTK boards can be integrated to other host devices or served as an independent GNSS receiver at a very affordable price.

In the meantime, we offer bundle kit with related antennas, cables which aim to make your application easy and convenient. If you are interested and want to know details of technical specifications, drop us a line to [email protected] or visit
Electronics / Cookid Smart Humanoid Robot
« Last post by carloliu on September 23, 2016, 03:35:39 AM »
According to the report released by Chinese Ministry of industry and information technology, The Chinese service humanoid robot market has entered a stage of rapid growth. China's service humanoid robot annual sales revenue is expected to exceed 30 billion Yuan by 2020. In this case, hundreds of Chinese enterprises are entering the service humanoid robot market. The next blue ocean market is appearing.
For a long time, more than 90% of the global robot field is dominated by industrial robots, which is the inevitable result of the production and manufacture to conform to the market trend.
In the field of global industrial robots, Swiss ABB, Germany KUKA, Japan FANUC and YASKAWA are most famous, are known as the Big Four of industrial robot. They also play an important role in the Asian market, and take up more than 70% of the market share of China's robot industry, almost a monopoly of the robot manufacturing, welding and other higher order areas.
The Big Four are taking a leading role in industrial robots and Few companies can shake their roots in a short period of time. However, for the robot, in addition to industrial robots, service humanoid robot is another major development area. Service humanoid robot, as the name suggests, is the robot imitate human life and provide service to us.
The robot can be divided into two kinds of robot based on the service scene, the personal / home robots and professional service robots. Based on the different functions, it can be divided into various of different types, for example, household robot, entertainment robots, vacuum cleaner robot, medical robots, logistics robot and so on. All of these robots have begun to affect people's daily life and become a service tool in peoples’ life.
From the perspective of social needs, the emergence of service robots and the outbreak is natural. Now, let us look at a group of data, currently the number of Chinese aged over 60 years has reached 226 million, accounted for 14.9% of the total population, it will be reach 17.2% by 2020. Europe, United States, Japan and other developed countries, the aging is more serious, The population over 60 years will reach more than 20%. At the same time, social culture of separation between parents and children in western society bring more issues such as accompany old people, it‘s also lead to a surge in demand for social service person,and cause the phenomenon that the supply is not adequate to the demand. Meanwhile, the lack of demographic dividend and the accelerated aging of the world, also caused the human cost is higher and higher. It can be said that whether from the market demand, or from a commercial point, services humanoid robot already has a broad market, and will play an important role in the future. Currently, the service generally optimistic about the future development of humanoid robots in the global arena, it’s said that it’s expected to exceed industrial robots to be the next blue ocean. There are more than 48 countries are involved in the field of service humanoid robots worldwide and 25 countries have been involved in the world's leading position.
The leading country in robot industry is USA, which is mainly  for the military and medical markets; Germany  has advantages on industrial manufacturing robots. Japan and the United Kingdom have strong capability on service robots, and South Korea is well-known for the entertainment and educational robots.  In China, as the newest top technology, the service humanoid robots become the focus of people’s attention even the technology of Chinese enterprises is not matching to the level of their foreign counterparts  but overall of them are  under steady upward improvement.

In China, many companies entered and invested the humanoid service robot, such as Shenzhen Cookid Technology Co.,Ltd.  They are doing huge efforts on R&D , software and hardware development to get big breakthroughs on key technology , Cookid is striving to narrow the gap between foreign leading enterprises to make the domestic service robot industry become the world's leading Technical field. At present, Cookid released the cool humanoid robot (  which has been recognized by consumers.

In China, to develop the humanoid robots is much easier than to develop industrial robots. As a technological industry that can enter people's daily life, it is particularly important that it is very attractive to people . At the same time, with the improvement of people's living standards, intelligent products and technology are accepted by people. Increasing demands and markets will make services humanoid robot become the next blue ocean, please let us wait and expect.

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