How is everyone? I'm one of the very early buyers of the EZ-B and have been quietly lurking in the background watching all the new comers and enjoying all the fresh ideas and projects. I am now in the planning and early construction of my first "real" robot. I posted a couple of pics some time ago of the "kitty igloo" that will become the base/ body of "GIZMO"; my personal assistant/ companion robot.
Design and plans include:
Speech recog. and an onboard wireless speaker that will enable his voice to actually eminate from within the bot. There will be onboard remote PC control, so Gizmo can function as an interface to the main control computer.
He will also function as an TTS engine ( within the main computer), so will be capable of reading documents and emails. There will also be a link to the National Weather Service (NOAA) so that he will be able to give a weather report by speech command.
I'm researching a possible IFR controller for the TV so Giz can change channels, regulate volume, and of course "mute" those nasty commericals.
I have plans to mount a Kinect sensor array on him at some point in the future.
I'm working on an onboard "arm" that will be capable of lifting at least one pound. One of my must have functions will enable Gizmo to fetch me a cold adult beverage from the fridge!!!!!
The design should enable Gizmo to carry a 30 to 35 lb. payload; total.
I am also considering adding a small trailer so Gizmo can deliver a load of Scooby snacks!
I've messed about with Home Automation in the past and am considering enabling Gizmo as a speech control interface for that system as well. I am going to be documenting the build with photos and videos.
@DJ........... It would be great if you could find some time to work on the servo speed function (as if you have nothing else to do,heh?) I'm going to be using some pan/tilt servos, and the one I'm developing now is very "TWITCHY" in its movements when the pan/tilt is extended to its full DOF.
Best regards to everyone;