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Hello,

I assembled the Adventure Robot and have it working with the RGB Animation Display and the Ultrasonic Sensor. All seems to be working for the most part but I have a few questions and concerns:

1. The camera has a green LED showing on the lower right inside case of the camera. Don't remember seeing this in any of the videos. Is this normal?

2. In the camera settings, the only resolution available was 320X240. Does this have to do with my laptop or am I missing something?

3. I tried going into the media settings for the camera to select different codecs and frame rates etc., and selected change and saved the settings but no changes were noticed with the video.

4. Sometimes the robot would make random movements with the servos without me actually controlling them. Sometimes the servos would make small step motions and sometimes longer duration motions and in random directions. I had speech recognition enabled so I put it on pause and things seemed to work o.k. Could the speech recognition being enabled all the time cause these random movements and if not what other issues could cause these random movements. Battery temp and voltage are o.k. as I charged the batteries before using. I have a strong good WIFI Connection.

5. In the mobile app for the Adventure bot all works o.k. but when I select stop the robot instead moves left continuously. Has anybody seen this before. Seems like maybe a good opportunity for me to learn from this and try and correct it by modifying the script?

6. I noticed when operating on the rug (not shag) that the tail behind the Adventure Robot would hang up on the rug and prevent proper movement. Was thinking that some kind of EZ-Bit that is in the form of a little caster wheel would solve this issue but I am not experienced with CAD Programs and don't have a 3D Printer. Maybe this is something that EZ-Robots can work on as a future EZ-Bit as it could be used in a lot of future creations that use a three wheel type of a platform and would work better on rugs. On wood floors and linoleum it isn't an issue. Another thing I thought of doing is putting wide rubber bands around the wheels for a bit better traction

7. I will be doing a STEM demonstration of my Heathkit Hero Robots and I will also be showing off the EZ-Robot Products that I have. The hardware and software is way awesome. I have been able to get speech recognition working pretty much flawlessly and all the other hardware is working good with just a few issues with the intermittent random servo movements and some camera setup issues that I am sure can be resolved.

8. Thanks for an awesome product at a great price. I now have the bug !

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#37  
Hello,

just wondering how I get a photo stored on my phone to show in my posts? Below I have tried to attach a photo file but when uploading it just shows the apparent link but no picture:



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Not sure what the issue is. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks much...Rick B.
#38  
Hello,

It worked. Looks like once you hit reply it actually puts the photo in with the text. Yeah ! Here is another photo:


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#40  
That is one decked out adventure bot:D He's pretty lucky to have all those attachments! The RGB LED Array is my favorite to play with.

Good idea with the elastics. We choose the version 2 wheels (which you have) to be a little slippery to assist with navigating and not leaving floor marks.. And most importantly, to be easy on the servos. The version 1 wheels were much stickier and caused servo failure and leaving marks on peoples floor. If the elastics are working for you, that's awesome:)
#41  
Hello All,

I updated the adventure robot with a tilt servo for the camera and also gave him a red nose. Also updated the mobile app and updated to the cloud and enabled public use of th app. Following shou be some updated photos of it:


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#42  
Nice - that will help him track a ball or something on the ground if he can look down now. Have you made animations for the rgb array?
#43  
Hello DJ,

I made one test animation, along with a frame to clear the display to conserve power at times. I really like this display too. I updated the mobile app and it should be available to anyone on the cloud.......Rick B.
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Synthiam
#44  
Nice. Interesting fact... The display uses as much power as one led. This is because there is only one led on at a time. Even though it looks like many are on, there's actually only one on but your eye sees many.

So having it off doesnt save a lot of juice. It saves as much as one led.

Neat, isn't it? That was a little invention I came up with...
#45  
DJ,

Yes, I think the display is so awesome. I think your software and hardware are awesome and the best thing going ! In a few short hours I have been able to do things I have wanted to do for years but haven't been able to accomplish because I either didn't have the time or expertise to bring it all together. Looking at getting an Irobot create and of course other ez-bit pieces in the future. Also looking forward to the new version of ez-bv4 controller. I'm also not done with the adventure robot. Really awesome hardware and software combos ! Rick B.
#47  
@rbonari

That Adventure bot is pretty cool. I liked it so much, I decided to build one of my own out of parts from the dev kit and the six kit. Here is my variation.

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Hope everyoe likes!
#48  
Hello robohappy,

I really like your adventure robot design. Awesome job ! Rick B.
#49  
Hello,

Just wondering what the best wireless game controller is that people use with ARC and windows 7. Would like to add it to my adventure robot project...Thanks Much....Rick B.:):)
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#50  
The best i've found is the f710 logitech wireless controller. You can find a link and more info on the Joystick manual page by pressing the ? question mark next to the X on the joystick control. Here's a direct link: http://www.ez-robot.com/Tutorials/Help.aspx?id=43

Some use xbox controllers. I prefer the logitech
#51  
Thanks Much DJ,

I did a whole bunch of demonstrations at the local STEM SHOWCASE today with with the adventure robot and ARC and had tons of interest in ez-robot. Young and old alike were amazed at the power of the hardware/software. The parents loved the concept for their children and the Kitsap CREATE (computers, robotics, electronics, art, technology enthusiasts) members were excited about the advanced features of the controller hardware and ARC combinations. Again, great work !

When will the newest ez-bv? be released. I can't wait !......Rick B. :)
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#52  
That's awesome news! The /2 upgrade to the v4 will start shipping when the current supply of v4's are sold - we seem to still be on track for May/June.

We also have the mini ez-b which is called the IoTiny and should be shipping at the same time frame. The IoTiny is designed for DIY projects. It will cost a fraction of the v4, and provides 8 digital i/o, camera, audio, i2c and 2 adc.

Also released each month after the /2 starts shipping will be the Serial RGB, 8x8 RGB, 4-in-1 v2, and inverted pendulum... which you may have seen pop up as new controls in the last few releases of ARC.
#53  
Hello DJ,

I have attached photos of my adventue robot interfaced successfully to an lcd/kepad display and led using serial send an receive operations via ezb uart0 port. I also was able to use ezb terminal control to debug scripts in both directions. I will be updating project and loading it to cloud so others can view. Rick B.
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#54  
That'a boy! Nice work! Wow and to think you've only been ezroboting for what... 2 months? Impressive
#55  
@rbonari
Very nice setup.

Have you found a way to make the servos driving the wheels run at a slower speed?

I've read a lot of posts where people have issues, but have not seen a good solution, even using the new speed sliders in the continuous rotation control on the 2016.08.07 release

Thanks,
Frank
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Synthiam
#56  
Change the values for forward and reverse to be closer to 90 to limit the top speed globally in the project.

If you wish to only limit the speed in the mobile interface, change the max speed option to a lower value on the analog joystick control. You will have to edit the mobile interface to change that value on that control.

Those are your two options. Please limit topics to a single thread:) thanks!