Let's Make Robots!

Buck Bunny Motion Capture

Gareths experimental Motion Capture Video can be found here :-

Dance moves by Chiprobot 8P.

For those playing along at home , here is the recipe for the video above :-

Virtual InMoov gets "Potted" by Prop & Atmel Mega

It was quite a work to "Rigg" the file of InMoov that Gael sent me.... Its feasible, and the speed is good.

So far I have only automated the fingers , arm, and shoulder joint.

...and now that I can understand the mechanisms .... next job is to add some bones to make pose_ing easier (in the blender environment).

The Potentiometers work well with Blender via a Parallax Propeller comm link.....

Parents & Children = Virtual Robot Arm

Have Just configured 4 Potentiometers to contol my Blender Virtual Robot Arm.. Using a Propeller to TX four Analogs over a Serial link. Using Python code to control the actuators.

Each arm part is parented to next in the chain , meaning that they are all connected as one limb however able to turn on its parents axis.

Virtual "InMoov" controlled with Hacked Positional Servo

Video Preview using PySerial with Blender.... Walk_through pending...

Using Blender,Python,PySerial,(Propeller/(Arduino would also work)),servo hacked to positional servo

>>>Video Here<<<

and some extra development ideas details

Blender > Part 001 - Real Time Keyboard Control
Blender > Part 001 - Real Time Keyboard Control. For us to understand how we can use blender to control our real life robots we have to know a little more … Read more
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Qonix - Lipo Blue smoked

Thought I would just document this as a warning to others who want to replace Lipos in consumer products.

All is not what it seems........

For a while now my Cheapish Qonix Portable DVD players battery was not lasting a whole Film.

So I looked inside and found a 2cell Lipo battery within...

I bought an equivalent 2 cell and proceeded to plug it in.......

Can anyone ID this component --- "U5" markings AD=307

I been trying to Hack an Ableton midi controller..... and yes you guessed it ....."a whisp of internal Blue Smoke"

The part located as U5 ... markings AD=307   (the carbonised markings are clearly visible with magnifying glass)

Its is a 5 pin device.

its some kind of voltage regulator ... i think ... ie directly after the usb in connector....

Update :- Can someone ID this fish

Can someone ID this fish.....



Update 20140916 :-

STL Files posted vere here :-

This is a Tracking system using an FPGA altera IV chip set. FPGA := Field Programmable Gate Array To explain a long chain of events that led to this … Read more