I wanted to ask you if your robot GIZMO was color,face, and movement tracking? I have the Exact same setup on my head. But, it seems very hard to track color. It sees the objects then moves all over the place away from the objects instead of tracking them. Maybe you could share some of your switch setting for your head with me. You could post the code to the PUBLIC part of the cloud. Or just type in the way you have them set.
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I am also now at the point where I need to do this with the camera but the video I saw did not have a very good close up of exactly where the white wire solders to the board. Do you have a close up picture of this?
Or does anyone else have a good close up?
Thanks in advance....
I am following your progress on this. Camera tracking is next on my list
I'm also stuck (still) with the motor driver problem. (See my post in the "Question about Gizmo" thread)
I try to answer as best I can. However, time is a luxury. In order for you to have an ez robot website and product, it requires my development time and intervention.
I ,for one, understand that your time is at a premium. I also fully understand that you are dedicating your time to R&D and marketing in an attempt to give us an ever improving product at a fair and reasonable price. However, I do suggest that you keep in mind, those that have previously purchased your product and have the expectation (and rightly so, I believe) that, that product will preform as it was described or stated. Allow me to also point out that your customers; in most cases; have made a substanial financial investment not only in your product, but in support components as well. Considering the demands on your time, you may wish to consider putting in place, personnel that can dedicate their time to customer support and would be available to aid customers in resolving any problems they may encounter using your product.
If your customers have made a sincere and concerted effort, using all the resources available to them, to resolve their issues and then find all their efforts exhausted, I believe it would be entirely acceptable and understandable that they would expect assistance from you, the manufacturer, to help them obtain a resolution.
I, personally, would be quite dissappointed and dissatified to find myself in the position of having made a sustanial investment of time, effort and money only to discover that it was all in vain and find myself in possesion of a product that has become totally useless to me. I'm sure I would not be alone in that sentiment.
I once made the statement that you may well prove to be the Bill Gates and Steve Jobs of the robotics world.
I'm also quite sure that at some point Mr. Jobs and Mr. Gates came to understand the importance of "customer support" after the sale. I further believe that they would not have attained the level of sucess they did, without that understanding and practice. It is my sincere hope that you do not lose sight of your original concept and commitment to those that had the dream of building and using robotics to enhance their lives.I do hope you accept these thoughts as constructive criticism and fodder for retrospective contemplation.
Sorry I misunderstood your question. The camera settings I have are as follows:
EZB connected to COM 3
Horizontal camera servo is conected to pin D8 (Head "Tilt" Servo) Min. 30 / Max. 70
Vertical camera servo is connected to pin D9 (Head "Pan" Servo) Min. 1 / Max 100
Camera servo Tracking, Enabled (Checked)
Movement Tracking, Enabled (Checked)
Allow Left/Right Movement, Enabled (Checked)
Frames per second: have tried 3, 7, 10, and 30
Track by Relative Position, Disabled (Not checked)
Motion delay, 50 ms
I also added a script command to the Main Script. ControlCommand("CameraAutoTracking",scriptstart)
I have checked the boxes for "Face", "Color", "Motion".
I charged the camera battery for several hours prior to todays testing. In spite of that when I turned the camera on the battery level very quickly showed very low. The image was showing only in black and white and when "Motion" box was checked the camera just "jittered" around as if it were trying to locate an image. As soon as I "Uncheck" the motion box, the jittering stops.
Based on your (and others) comments I supect that part of the problem is low operating voltage at the camera. I've taken note that some of you have supplied power to the camera from the EZ-B and resolved the operating power issue. I am going to attemp to view the available tutorials again and consider whether I can feel confident in modifiying the camera. Unfortunately I wasn"t able to locate the post from Winsth(?) on the camera mod. Would appreciate it if someone could point me to it. I will make another attemp to locate it however. Please keep us advised to your progress, as well as any one else's.
The preceding was my own opinion and not stated as a fact.
I got off the subject. But I was saying start with the RED or whatever color you like. Let it track that alone. Then add more to it. When I activated face and motion, it did not do Anything with the face tracking. And the motion tracking was so slow it wasn't any good. I tried Auto-Tracking and it just slowed the whole process down and it started to shake. The only difference I could see was the digital ports were different. Maybe it HAS to be D0 and D1 like he has it in the tutorial. I have D6 and D7. But, a digital port is a digital port.
Don't give up on Gizmo. He is a cute robot. I think that he is going to be swell. WE both just have to have a little patience which is something I never had before.
Oh, I wanted to tell you that you are not supposed to put the servos in 1-100 positions. It says somewhere they need to be in 10-90 min and max. Of course I put mine on 5 because it wasn't going where I needed it to.
Now, for the Great idea. Why don't we the community take on ONE problem at a time and solve it. I will give you an example. We are trying to do Color tracking. So, one of us starts it and the others work with it all day and post the answers we find to our experiments. By the end of 1 or 2 days, we will have that problem solved. Then go on to the next problem. By observing what others have found combined to what we have found, we can work together to solve the problem and let D.J. do his work. Of course, we probably need more than one or two people. But maybe not. What do you think?
I will start back on the 7th of June and pull my robots out of the closet and start experimenting again. I have just had too much for one lifetime.
Tell me what you guys think.
My situation is very similar to yours. I am 64 years old and am a disabled Vietnam Vet and a stroke surviver. I face many physical challenges ever day of my life. However, I am a very determined individual. I have , in essence, been constructing Gizmo with one hand, using various holding fixtures of my own design to aid myself. Like many stroke victims my mind has also been affected along with my body. I have had to develop methods for remembering and recalling things. I write EVERYTHING down and store it on one of my laptops that is dedicated solely to that purpose. I also keep a note book where I have copied information from this forum and other websites to aid myself. My speech is also affected but I retain the ability to write. The words come to me slowly at times, but I presist.
My interest in robotics began as a desire to construct a personal assistant robot that might make my life a bit easier and help me to do things I otherwise would not be able to do physically. I also had hopes that if I could suceed I might be able to build robots to aid others with physical disabilites and challenges. Unfortunately my goal remains aloof due to the problems I have encountered during my attemps to build Gizmo. As I stated before, I am a very determined person and am not easily deterred. I will continue my efforts and hope that I might someday suceed in building my robot. I, like you, don't have the patience I once had and it would be so refreshing to recieve a helping hand along the way and not have to do everything the long, hard and difficult way. I think you and I, at our age,learned long ago there is very little that every comes easily. We can only hope that some of the younger builders might see fit to offer us a little kind assistance.
One of the reasons that I am so in a hurry to get answers is because I don't know how much longer I have.
Believe me . I understand completely. We never know when our last day might come. I try not to think about it. I waited over 50 years to meet my current wife. I truly believe that she is my "REWARD" for perservering through all that life has thrown my way. It would be so nice to have some easy days in our latter days.
The L289N dual motor driver. (Its the one DJ now has in his store) I have outlined the problem I am having with it in my post, "Motor Drivers". Lets start with the wiring, or hook up. What has worked and what hasn't worked for everyone?