I'm Richard(Rich) and my daughter is Phoebe
That's right myself and my daughter are building a scale Wall-e from scratch, after she got the old movie for Christmas, she has become totally Wall-e mad and after just a few days she asked me if could build her a Wall-e robot as she thought the plastic models were "boring" and after seeing a few hand made Wall-e's on the internet she asked me if I could build her one.
Anyway I didn't jump straight away because you know what kids are like, they can get disinterested in things pretty quickly but not Phoebe(my 9 year old daughter) after building her own cardboard Wall-e and fully equiped Wall-e house with many of his toys and gagets. After several weeks and the DVD just about constently running we have started the build. The first thing to get was the tracks so I could scale him arround them. Picked up a set of Matrics about 170mm long off eBay which arrived about a week ago and after quite a bit of mods to them the carcase is well on its way. Originaly Wall-e was just going to be radio controled as that is my pasoin and I've been playing with everything RC since my early teens.
Phoebe was checking out some youtube videos and came accross D.J Sures video on his Robot Wall-e and said "dad you have to have a look at what this Wall-e can do", so I did and I was sold straight away as some of the other robot hardware out there needs some special programing skills. So we are ready to buy the EZ Robot System but would like to know a couple of things so I know what other hardware we might need.
Will I need a seperate LED controler as we plain on having the front Solar Charge Level panel lit up in rows and each row will be timmed some how to turn off after x amount of time.(Did read that I could hook them up to the digital outputs but there are 7 channels .and will probably need as many of them just to drive servos etc
You see a 9 year old finds things that we might not find that important like us adults,few examples: The solar power front panel has to work and look just like the real Wall-e's one, The play, Record and Stop buttons on the top have to work, He has to have a lazer comming from his head(lazer pionter mounted inside his head), She has even downloaded the sound track to Wall-e's favorite movie and today she started cutting parts of that out of the mp3 to be able to use on Wall-e, She would have loved him to be able to actualy compact trash(that one I've said is just about imposible due to the size of him). And he must be able to pick up things(well try at least) and he must be able to put his hands together(looking forward to that chalange). Looking at micro Linear Actuators but these are quite expensive. His hands will be controled by a thin flex pushrod cable to his thumb and his other fingers will be fixed. The linear actuator for his arm that I'm looking at should be able to spin/twist with the use of a micro servo to give him some wrist movement.
I am normaly a big advocate of the KISS system, even have that painted large on the workshop wall....So much for KISS this time...lol
Ok Wall-e is made from mostly 3mm MDF with his base and a couple of other small parts from 12mm, 12mm because I can screw to it easly(great for mountin servos, motors etc with out having to use small bolts and nuts not to mention how well it paints up.
So we are ready for the EZ Robot controler and I tested the 2.4ghz pinhole usb cam today and it works a treat(got that ages ago to mount on my RC models but it's no good as it interfears with my 2.4ghz raido gear)
I will post a couple of pics so you can see what we are up to and to give a bit of look at how we are going with Wall-e.
Looks like my nitro heli is being put on hold for a while untill Wall-e is compleated.
Thanks and G'day from Rich & Phoebe