I have just found out about the EZ-Robot world, and I am very interested.
First though theres a few questions perhaps some of you may be able to help me with.
I did email these to the EZ-Team. But I understand that they are very busy so I thought I should ask here in the forum too.
I am currently waiting for delivery of a Robonova-1 that I found on eBay.
From reading a lot of forum posts about the Robonova, I can see that well it is somewhat out of date when it comes to the controller and its programming (it was released in 2006 after all).
So I am thinking once built, I could replace the Robonova's controller board with your EZ-B v4 WiFi Robot Controller.
I think a fair bit of what I want to do has been done with the "robophilo" .
I think the EZ-B v4 might be just the ticket to bring the Robonova-1 into the year 2014.
so my questions are as follows:
1:: will the EZ-B v4 be able to supply enough amps to the servos with out damaging itself? or will I have to wire some other way to power the servos?
Robonova-1's servo specifications:
Operating voltage: 6 - 7.4 V Max. rotational angle: 180 degrees
Torque: 7.4 kg / cm at 6.0 Volts (9.0 kg / cm at 7.4 Volts)
Transit speed for 60 degrees: 0.2 sec. at 6 Volts (0.18 sec. at 7.4 Volts)
HMI (HiTEC Multi-protocol Interface)
Data feedback: current, voltage, position
Optional: servo parameter adjustment (requires servo programmer kit)
PWM interface (RC standard).
2:: The Robonova-1 has the ability that you can manually position the servos and the robobasic software is able to read the servo positions and record their position. I believe they call it catch and play? Similar to the Robotis Bioloid kits.
So you can make movements by positioning and saving the positions and then another and another and so on.
will I be able to do this with the EZ-B v4?
3:: Does the EZ-B v4. HAVE to have a live connection via wifi to a computer to be able to make use of things like the camera tracking and other seemingly high processing features? or can the EZ-B v4 operate "untethered" all by itself? tracking and all?
4:: Would it be possible to get the dimensions of the EZ-Robot EZ-B v4 Camera? with and/or without the casing?
5:: I noticed the EZ-B v4 is 2 stacked boards. What is the depth of the EZ-B v4 with out its casing?
I would like to mount it on the back of the Robonova where the original controller is.
Possibly fitting under the original plastic shell (if not I would see about designing a new shell and having it 3D printed)
6:: Is there any way that anyone is are aware of that might let me translate/use, for example the roboBASIC walking code from the robonova with the EZ-B v4 or would I have to create things like that from scratch?
7:: I read about the GAIT feature called Auto Positioner. would I be able to use this for a humanoid with more servos per leg than your "JD"?
And will it allow me to get a nice walking motion?
8:: With the mobile apps that you can create to control your robot, does this work over wifi with the EZ-B v4 directly? or via the computer?
9:: Is there a way using custom code that I would be able to add more sensors to the EZ-Builder?
10:: Can the EZ-B v4 send/receive to an Arduino?
Perhaps via I2C? or RX/TX?
11:: Are there any known issues with using EZ-B with a virtual windows 7 machine on a Mac?
Sorry for so many questions and if any has already been covered in a post somewhere.
Any advice anyone can offer will be greatly appreciated.
Thank You all.