First Real Look At My Ez-b Controlled Full Size Lis B9 Robot

Dave Schulpius

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Hi all,

I'd like to share a video I just took of my full size Lost in Space B9 robot that's controlled by two EZ-B controller boards. Right now they are controlling limited movement and voice response of a few motors, lights and sound files played from a Sparkfun MP3 Trigger board. Although I'm just starting with the animation and have more building on the actual robot the result (mostly thanks to the EZ Robot controller board) is shocking. Please have a look at this (4 minute) You Tube vid and enjoy.

Please excuse some Technical camera lighting and sound issues. This is the first time I'd made and posted a vid online.

EDIT 8/2/13: Just realized I have no good pictures of how my B9 will look when complete. Here's one of the actual TV robots from the 60's TZ show Lost in Space and one recent shot of where I'm at with my build over 1 1/2 year after I started. Enjoy:

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Thanks,
Dave Schulpius



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#774  
Hey @Nomad. Thanks Man. Ya, saw that one. I've probably saw most vids out there with B9 included. Like you and your little robots, I'm just as nuts over the big ones.

Will (fxrtst) built his B9 long before I even started thinking about building mine. He gave me lots of help and tips over the years it took. He was one of the founding members of the B9 Robot Builders club back in its heyday when lots of exciting things were going on. Things were happening like B9 Robot building get togethers, parties and shows where the old cast members were in attendance. These guys like Bob May and the voice actor that did the B9 Voice unicorn Tufeld seemed to always be hanging around. They would even show up at people's homes that were having B9 Robot gatherings when invited.

I would not be at all surprised if Will (fxrtst) had attended some of these and met these guys. I think I saw one or two videos with him hanging around in the background. Sadly I joined the club just before these great actors passed away and never had the pleasure of meeting them. *tired*

@Will, thanks for adding the videos. It's always fun to watch them again.
#775  
where comes the name B9 come from?
#776  
Well, that's a good question and one I have always wondered.

The way this robot has been identified on the 60's show is:

Class M-3 Model B-9 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot, known simply as the Robot.

I'm sure the guys writing the script needed some way to reference him in the show and they came up with that long line. When the show first started it had a real serious and military leaning theme. I'm sure the robot being a military machine and nothing more then a tool to serve and protect the Robinson family he wouldn't have a personable name. That's that way it was back in the 60's on TV. Lots of serious stuff.
#777  
i just looked ad some pics.the long name is the version you have.
#778  
I always assumed B9 was a fun way of saying that "Robot" is a benign machine, meaning he's not an evil robot.