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What If There Was An Ezb Pro? What Would It Have?

Ok this is just to kick around ideas but what if you could buy a ready to go kit to trick out your EZB V3? I have a few ideas myself but I want feedback

1.-Built in wifi 2.4 ghz option for long range / networking

2.-a plexiglass case consisting of a base 1/4" plexi, standoffs and 1/4" plexi cover to protect ezb and wiring

3.-a servo wire loom organizer , somthing simple to clean up wiring

4.-lighting in the baseplate of plexi surrounding ezb in a square halo of blue (or other) light

5.-a 2200mah or 5000mah lipo battery to power ezb and servos instead of AA batteries , complete with Y harness for easy charging or rigging your externsl charger

6.-a high current 6v power board for high torque servos that easily connects to the case as a module. Get the full potential of a servo at 6v high current rather than 5v and lower current.

7.-a small fan probably a slimline and QUIET 6v or 12v to keep air running accross the heat sinks
built into the EZB Pro mounting plate for a cool and happy EZB

8.-ability to add on a small Darlington Transistor board to operate high current items like LED arrays , Bright lights , relays, ect and mount to either side of the EZB pro case or mounted separate. This would have between 4 and 8 transistors for turning items on.

9.- Reset Switch - to easily power EZB on or off to pair or just kill the power other than pulling connections loose.

10.- Status lcd maybe? Ive seen them for arduino and they can show many things , like battery level , voltage , the scripts being ran , errors ect.

11.- 2 USB plugs - for powering a camera and other 5v usb electronics

12. Maybe EZB Pro kit could have like 6 High Torque Servos 240 oz in @6v

13. EZB pro kit could have the option of getting a l298n 2.5a or 12a Sabertooth included

14.Heavy Duty servo LONG ext cables with thicker gauge wire to support the demands of high Torque servos that can draw 5 to 7 amps each lengths of around 300mm and 500mm assortment.

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#3  
Great ideas Josh! I think your list is thorough and is well thought out and is EZ-B centric..ie PRO!
Netherlands
#4  
I'd like an EZ-B with an integrated H-Bridge:)
And an add-on like modules so you can switch bluetooth for wifi or so:)
And a power/reset button:)

The rest of the ez-b is SUPERRR! Do not Change a Winning Ez-B
#5  
I do like the idea of integrated H-Bridge, but of course then you need to decide the amperage and voltage that gives the biggest bang for the buck. Won't make everybody happy if it is built in, but something like a 2.5amp 6v like the arduino (did I say that word?) motor shield would be good.

I would also like to see either a built in, or easily added relay board to be able to switch higher voltage devices without building my own circuits to do it.

Easily switchable between USB, BT, and WiFi would be nice.

I think everything on these lists is doable ourselves, but being able to buy it pre-built saves time, and for some of us, a lot of learning, before we get started with our projects.

(in fact, I am going to take some of the ideas from Josh's list and utilize them in my build. I am going to put my EZ-BV in a plastic project box with a fan, and I am going to put a reset switch between the EZ-B and the battery.

Alan
#6  
All very good suggestions, and I will def be implementing Joshs ideas.......and..... also an alarm, like a low batt but for the cooling fan or for that matter a heat sink temp alarm. Can anybody create a script for the fan alarm? Oh dear there goes another ADC port........but with robotmaker's idea of a multiplexor add on, the issues of a ADC shortage are minimized. Perhaps another script to easily switch between USB,BT, and WiFi can be developed! :)
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#7  
Personally, while all great ideas, I'd prefer to see them as options or store stock rather than part of a bundle or built in/on.
#8  
Dito on what Rich said. kind of like a shield.

I'd like to have a stronger Bluetooth.
#9  
Not sure where in Wisconsin you live Dave but it seems the whole state is -35F ...Stay warm Dave both outside and inside the house!
#10  
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#13  
Just revisiting this thread , DJ , Alan and the staff implemented most of our suggestions in the EZB V4 , awesome right? , Props guys - Josh
#14  
Great minds think alike.:D
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#16  
That's what set's you apart from the rest, you listen and you provide pretty much anything we ask for:)

One thing that keeps cropping up and I don't think has been sorted is an external power board for 6v servos. Are things like this (and TIP120, Battery Monitors/Voltage Dividers etc.) also part of the revolution/coming soon/planned for future? I have some board prototypes designed (although not built or tested yet) but if these things are coming then I'll hold off on those boards and use EZ-Robot ones. Otherwise I'll throw the board designs and schematics out there for discussion, fine tuning and testing.
#17  
I am late weighing in. But, I would have it a tad larger because it would include a Quad core intel cpu running at 3.5GHZ and have 32G of ram and 1T Hard drive and have installed Windows 16. This would make it totally stand alone. It would not need a laptop,desktop,tablet or anything just it's own brain.

It would have WikiPidea built in. Not just a shortcut. But the complete Wiki Database. It would have ARC built in also in the firmware which would be HUGE. It would automatically run on power up. It would have A.I. built in and would have gotten to the point were it has Emergent Behaviors. It would also have Google-Search and Siri built in.

And, Hey, Josh, how about a Quad Darlington Amplifier to automatically read your brainwaves Wirelessly.

I like the H-Bridge idea.

just my 2 cents.
#18  
@moviemaker.... You would still need another PC to program it.... What about power requirements? Also, size alone would make it only useful in large robot projects... Hacking a small toy like Wally, Robosapien etc would be impractical if not impossible.... I personally prefer the small compact and power frugal micro controller....
#19  
I am thinking what I would like. I know that most of it is not possible right now. I am just trying to let my brain wander.
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#20  
I guess we should really limit this to things that are practical, realistic and possible rather than listing out our dream fantasy ideas. In other words, things that are both possible and useful to a large range of people rather than individual or very small groups.
#21  
That is going to narrow it down a bit. Many of those items are doable. But they are not practical.

:)
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Synthiam
#22  
LOL, It would be as big as a Fit-PC to have all of that - and cost as much + I/O

Remember, computers have very slow I/O for programmatic use - such as driving servos... Pc's I/O is good at "talking" to peripherals