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Well things have certainly been very quiet in the forums of late. Kinda reminds me of the 20 minute lull you have at dinner parties. You know, that moment where you've all kinda said the things you wanted to say and been asked all the questions they can think to ask, then all goes quiet. You kinda quietly sip from your wine glass thinking, how can I get this conversation started again? Feels like that place.

People I miss posting often...David Cochran
Tony Ellis
Anthony and your fun projects
David S and your B9 build
...and the list goes on.

Hopefully one day there will be some reason to get the conversation re-started again...because I love this dinner party.


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@Perry_S... It's absurd to run an inMoov with anything but ez robot... MRL and arduino is a big cluster f*** mess... Even ROS really isn't well suited... If the servos provided precise feedback like dynamixels do then maybe ROS would be an viable option... To me it seems that inMoov (maybe unknowingly) was designed for ez robot software and hardware... To be honest I think Gael himself would switch in a heart beat if he didn't have his MRL friends in tow and to think about...
Ros... who here has managed I make ros do anything?!
Thanks DJ for joining in and for your thoughtful response. I think my thread started over the mourning of the old timers who were here when Ez Robots only carried the EZB and software. Before the revolution. The EZB was definitely DIY hardware. It's that hacking that drew me to the forum. The forum has shifted towards troubleshooting for newbies and the revolution.

I completely understand the business plan and the direction you've always wanted to take EZ Robots, platform kits, education Stem and Steam. Certainly a good place to focus for revenue.

I appreciate your continued involvement with the DIY community, your willingness to jump in and help anyone, if you have the time. I've said it several times I don't know any CEO that commits that much time to his community. I personally thank you for all the help with Dynamixel plugs the USB/serial and so on.

I hope you continue the transparency you've shown us in the past with the future plans for EZ Robots and it's products. We are a community that has supported your products and we like to dream with you about EZ Robots future.
Inmoov is the only platform I know. I realize there are umpteen others and it is impossible to cater to them all..

It would be really cool to have a solid Inmoov plugin for EZR. I know they may not like it but it could be so cool and easy to use. That would drive some DIY interest.
Dj, First I would NEVER knock what JD's skills are. I hope I didn't offend you. I was just trying to say The EZ ROBOT hardware and software makes thing so easy to do members get lazy. (HOW TO's are there if you just look. ) As always, Richard R hits home. A 1000 piece lego set can sometimes make you have to stop and think "what do I build next". LOL ( thanks Richard R)

As was said in earlier posts, This is a cultural thing. It is the forum member which have backed off, not your efforts. Some have fulfilled their projects, many which took years to build and develop. We DO NOT point at you or EZ ROBOT in any way. I am so thankful you formed EZ ROBOT and gave all of us the opportunity to build things beyond our wildest dreams. You continue to come up with ideas and programs which educate and motivate. Your efforts are very much appreciated.... Like Will said, " I don't know any CEO that commits that much time to his community. " and Contributes constantly at ALL levels to a forum, by a CEO? Unheard of, but you do it.

Looking at the news makes me laugh when I see robots on stage making believe the are holding a conversation. I saw two Alan s doing the same and more on this forum. To bad Will and others couldn't get the same exposure. (sorry but I can name everyone, the list is too long).

I know some work is being done by forum members behind the scenes and are not posting step by step progress as was done in the past. The need isn't there like it use to.

Quiet times come in all groups. Maybe this winter when project time is available things will be like the old days.

As we are discussing contributions, I have to say that Ptp is amazing at resolving issues, very thorough and methodical in his descriptions. He's a great coder and his plug ins are so well built with very intuitive UIs. There is nothing he can't accomplish once he sets his mind to it.

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I agree. @ptp is absolutely amazing. We'll have to consider hiring him someday:D
I am one of those struggling with learning ROS now and I know exactly what you mean... a very steep learning curve to try to make something practical from it

However, the allure of SLAM is great as someday I want to make a personal robot that can navigate the house and also incorporates EZB for user interface

I know it’s very difficult as I can see the companies who have struggled with SLAM for robots even though they did great stage demos... i’m Thinking of the ASUS Zenbo and the Segway robot

The closest one I’ve seen to production is the Mayfield Robotics Kuri

I agree.that the EZB forum is the best with very gracious help from members and staff

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Hi Friends

I have not been around as I have not been well for some time now and have done no work (or robotics) for months now which I miss very much.

ALTAIR EZ:1 has been invited to do a stand up comedy gig at a famous UK university early next year so I must get back to the workbench.

I am hoping to get better soon so I can finish the ALTAIR robots!

Great to hear from you Tony missed your valued contributions from the forum , hope you are feeling better soon and you continue you robotic endeavours.
@ Tony! Sorry to hear you haven’t been well. Hopefully you are well on your way to recovery! Make sure you shoot some video of your robot at the comedy club!

Glad your back!
@Tony, So very sorry you have been sick. I know how something like that can consume your life and make it hard to do or even enjoy anything. I truly hope this passes and you get better. All my strength and good wishes are going your way! :)

What an honor to be invited to the Comedy Club. I hope you can make it and share the experience with us. I'm looking forward to it.
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Thanks Pat, Will and Dave!

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Tony! Miss you, bro! Good to see you jump in the convo. I'm hoping we get to see the comedy show! Super awesome!
Hello, I mill you all as well ...:p
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Thanks DJ and Josh

It is good to be back on the forum!

Hey guys, I also realized that over the last time I became more of a lurker than an active participant here at the forum, but I still check in very frequently!

I must agree that robot building has it's ups and downs, and I guess speaking for the most of us, I can say that it comes with whatever circumstances or lives are dragging us into...I had some major changes in my business, which up to this day are keeping me in a constant struggle. If you are at risk at your job, there is not much time left to think about the nice stuff that you would like to do!

I had been working on a project with WBS00001 and he had a serious car accident, I have not heard from him for a long time and I really hope from my heart that he is doing well!

Robot building is a slow and tedious task, and enjoying to build one is the reward we are getting, because let's face it...once the build is done it won't have much use!
It's the Robot Fever we are all thriving for...the rush we get when an idea is leveled above the thought and becomes matter!

Maybe the pace here is getting a bit slower but lets recognize one thing...
This forum is great, EZ-Robot is great and all you guys here are the best!
Thanks for building it up DJ Sures, and everyone here on the forum for keeping it alive!
Hello all, i too have been around but just lurking. We can count by the fingers of our hands the people that participate on a regular basis. I want to salute and thank ptp for his constant input and problem solving. Go get him DJ:D

In my case most of the times i don´t participate much because of my english and the family time is getting shorter too.

I agree with Mickey666Maus, when your build is done there isn't much left to do...
I think that the missing link is the indoor navigation. If the robot could move around and know his suroundings to perform simple useful tasks, that would be an incentive to continue to evolve what we always dreamed about: a useful robot.
Also intergrating the latest AI as Google Home or Alexa would be super cool and would help to get attention from more people to EZ-Robot.

A big thanks to all that make this forum possible and to our "Master Mind" @DJ.
Live long and prosper!
I also love the forum and appreciate all the support from members, I agree, hats off to @ptp. !

DJ and Jeremie keep coming up with neat stuff

I agree with @proteusy that indoor navigation is the next roadblock and It looks like @DJ will be getting a solution for that in Lidar and SLAM

The other obstacle I see is auto docking and charging and @jeremie and others are pursuing some ideas

There have been a few posts on actually using Alexa through IFTTT Maker using both as triggers and actions. An actual IFTTT channel would be nice.