I have tired of MRL, the incessant changes, and the near total lack of support and documentation. I have an InMoov all built and rearing to go, but nothing that can successfully and reliably drive it! The best InMoovs I've seen so far all seem to use EZ-Robot.
I want to connect with the community for support and assistance getting everything in place. My InMoov has 27 servos running on 25 channels (Top/Mid Stomach are each a master/slave) , a PID, two Cameras for eyes, two speakers driven by a little audio board, a 16 Neopixel Ring on an Arduino Nano, and a Kinect (which so far has only been a decoration). I've uploaded a bunch of mods to Thingiverse.
Shall I just post to this forum as the need arises? For starters I think I need two EZBv4 or one EZBv4 and one SSC-32?
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I am also building my INMOOV. Tried MRL for nearly 2 months and finally gave up. Bought an EZB and it was not easy but easier than MRL. Slowly getting the hang of it, then BOOM, EZB died on me. Bought a new EZB and gonna try it again. So far, I have completed both arms, and is now printing the torso.
Lets hope my new EZB doesn't blow again.
Might want to add a 20 amp fuse to the EZ-B power source as well since you don't know what caused the failure.
Hows that?I am currently using 6xAA battery for EZB power source and 4xAA battery for Servo. Loop the ground? Already looped. Doesn't the EZB already have a fuse?
I hope its not because of the ground looping that caused the card to be damaged.
On the ground, all of your devices (servos, sensors and EZ-B) need to share a common ground. Having a ground for the servos that is not the same for the EZ-B will cause devices not to communicate with the EZ-B.
What to do next? I'm a coder. @bhouston I think I dowloaded a big xml file from you - not sure what that is or where it goes... I've printed the EZ-Script Function Set
What are the big steps to bring my InMoov back to life? servo Movements, Speech Recognition, Scripted Gestures, Camera Stuff once it comes, Neopixel Ring (have a nano loaded with code I found on these boards -- how to command it?)
Thanks in advance!
Looks like you are making great progress!
There are 3 UARTs on the EZ-B V4. 2 of them are through digital pins and the other is through the UART port. Technically, any digital pin can send serial commands, but if you are not using the UART port for anything, just connect to it. It will keep the digital pins free for other things
Just in case you haven't found it yet, here is a tutorial on the neo-pixel connecting to the EZ-B through an arduino.
I think that you already found it though.
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