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Electronics for Colin my R2D2 - kylecampbell - 11-02-2018

Control board for Colin my R2D2.   Very much a work in progress. 

   
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Sabertooth 2x32 and Syren-10 power boards mounted on a swing out panel.    I am also using automotive relays and and fuse unit.  Powered from a single 12-volt SLA battery for the moment but I have two batteries and it will be run at 24-volts eventually.  
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I am using the EZB control system.  I have managed to get the the EZB control system to drive the Sabertooth board, and that works fine.   Still having a few issues controlling the Siren-10 but getting there.  

I am using Eabels thingiverse Sabertooth/Siren card mounts and also the mounts for the panel itself.  

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RE: Electronics for Colin my R2D2 - Martyman - 11-03-2018

I love your hinged multilayered electronics board.

I am building an integrated electronics board into my 2-3-2 design, now I won't be happy until it is as cool as yours. Lot's of designing to do..


RE: Electronics for Colin my R2D2 - Xxzorr2bxx - 11-03-2018

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RE: Electronics for Colin my R2D2 - kylecampbell - 11-07-2018

(11-03-2018, 12:27 AM)Martyman Wrote: I love your hinged multilayered electronics board.

I am building an integrated electronics board into my 2-3-2 design, now I won't be happy until it is as cool as yours. Lot's of designing to do..

Hi Martyman, been watching your 232 designs, very nice.  I think my multilayered board is a bit too deep at the moment so I may move the controller up into the dome. Then wire just the serial control back down to the electronics board.   Also I can connect a camera in the dome directly to the EZB controller.   Still planning it all...


RE: Electronics for Colin my R2D2 - Martyman - 11-08-2018

I am wondering if it would be possible to design a book like arrangement where you can hinge out multiple "pages" of electronics. Maybe you could hinge one from one side and the next from the other side, and a third fixed at the back? But would make cable routing problematic? Obviously it wouldn't be as space efficient as what you have done.

I worry about serial communication over slip rings, just seems like a bad idea to me. Doesn't it fill your data lines with crackle as you spin it? But many people seem to do it with no problems.

I haven't seen the EZB controller before. It looks like it has plenty of inputs and outputs. Is it flexible enough if you have to use a graphical programing interface?


RE: Electronics for Colin my R2D2 - kylecampbell - 11-08-2018

Hi Marty
Not yet tried the serial over the slip ring so will soon find out!  I think the padawan/Arduino control system approach is probably simpler but I have a few EZB controllers and it makes it compatible with my InMoov. The EZB certainly has lots of I/O and a camera connection.  I have now got the system running with a PS4 handset and the joystsick is controlling the Sabertooth/wheels setup fine.  Still working on controlling the Syren-10 motor-driver for the dome, however I may go back to my original idea and use a continuous high-powered servo instead, for the dome.  I need to print up a bracket for the servo. I have some HS-805B servos which hopefully will be powerful enough.

I also have a spare EZB controller so could have one in the dome and another in the main body.   They all wifi connect back to the main PC. EZB can be controlled as I say with a PS4 handset but also can be controlled by apps so iphones/ipads etc can have graphical layouts to control it.   Plus I am just now adding speech recognition and a chatbot service to it all. Thats the really nice thing with EZB, some of the add-on's possible.   Lots still to do but hopefully will have Colin [R2D2] and Nigel [InMoov] chatting together soon.


RE: Electronics for Colin my R2D2 - kylecampbell - 12-24-2018

Testing out the loudspeakers and amplifier for Colin, the R2D2

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I am using the original "Front Vent Bracket" but I shaved back the support arms as the "Speaker Plate" was sitting proud of the body. I printed and tried out the Ninja top & bottom baffles version, but prefer this approach.   Its easier to take it all apart and very structurally solid.  

In the picture is my InMoov head which I am updating with a new neck mechanism and also better jaw actuator for speech.  Hopefully get them chatting away soon.  I have got basic AI working on both [pandora bot] but am sharing a computer so ideally need to have two discrete systems working.  Lots to do on that still, ideally a NUC or similar for each robot. 


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These are the DROK speakers mounted on the plate. 

Painting time!  Finally had a chance to get an undercoat on some of the parts.  Lousy weather at the moment so as I can only paint outside, its all a bit restricted.  

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RE: Electronics for Colin my R2D2 - ontysx - 12-28-2018

Kyle watched your videos so many times that I find myself reading your posts in your accent! Love watching your updates..Thanks


RE: Electronics for Colin my R2D2 - kylecampbell - 12-28-2018

(12-28-2018, 06:08 PM)ontysx Wrote: Kyle watched your videos so many times that I find myself reading your posts in your accent! Love watching your updates..Thanks

Ha Ha, glad you like the accent! And the videos.


RE: Electronics for Colin my R2D2 - ExSerCo - 01-05-2019

Hey Colin,
We have talked to eachother before about Inmoov.
Can I ask you what brand and type of speakers you're using  connected on the EZB?
Did you need to alter/hack the EZB?
I'm pretty new with electronics and have an EZB 4/2 now, but the sound that is producing with the internal speaker is not really great.
Thanks!