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

Dave Schulpius

USA
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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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#760  
Thanks Steve. Really, I can't wait to plug in his power pack and bring him back to life.

I thought retirement would be lots of free time to do what I wanted and when. So far it's been all packing, moving, unpacking and house fixing. LOL. :P No worries though. It's not all that bad. I haven't plugged in my alarm clock since I've arrived. :D Life is good.

Hope all is well with you and your loved ones and life is good for you as well. :)
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#761  
Dave,

I’ve alway admired your work and your attention to detail is first class.
I enjoy listening to you videos and it’s certainly a labour of Love.

Enjoy your retirement in Florida, if you have your health then you have the most precious thing, as time is currency in my mind.

Cheers
Chris.
#762  
After 3 months and moving my home 1400 miles cross country I'm finally uncreating and setting up my B9 Robot from Lost In Space. Pull up a chair and get some popcorn. This 40 minute video follows my hijinx of unboxing and setup of my old friend. It took me 5 years to build this guy and to animate him thanks to EZ Robot. I still have lots to do. I've been dying to get him back together.

#763  
It's ALIIIIIIIVE!

Looks like you both made the trek unscathed - and *you* are looking quite relaxed!

I was going to ask if the pinballs went too; looks like they have (yay!).

I'll be knocking on your door in late January!
#764  
avery time i see the B9 ,its amazing work what you have done.
#765  
@Tex, Yep, we made it! All seems well. Didn't lose anything of value and hardly any damage. That's huge considering what was moved and how I did it. I sold 5 pins because I would not have the room in this new house. It was a sad thing to do but in the end the extra cash came in handy. I'm looking forward to your visit when you get into town! When we sit down for that adult drink I'll be even more relaxed. LOL

@Nomad, Thanks for the kind words my friend. It means a lot. ;)
#766  
Dave,
Great to see your boss B9 operating again.
Looks like your special packing paid off.
I think the scene where he is looking around, he was deciding which pinball to play later.
Thank you for sharing.
Steve S
#767  
@Steve. Lol, ya, he plays a mean game of pinball. It's good to have him set up and running. Feels like home again. :) can't wait to start ez scripting again.
#768  
Once again I feel completely emasculated, lol.
Really Dave, your commitment to this project, which means a lot to me personally, is unparalleled. You should be proud of what you have accomplished here.
#769  
Wow @Mac. Thanks! You're right, I am proud. I'm really honored to have the praise of someone like you that I really respect. You have obviously made a huge commitment to several things in you life (among them; higher education and applying this to a career of helping people). It means a lot to me for someone like you to notice this level of commitment in me.
#770  
i found this interesting video.a real B9 whit human inside.


#771  
@nomad, the gentleman with white hair is the actor who was inside the robot for lost in space tv show during the 1960s.
#772  
its a long time ago,i cant remember it.sounds just desame as dave his b9.
so thats bob may.
#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.