Its gonna be RAD

kkeast

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Hey all. I was really excited when my EZ-B arrived about a week ago. While it was on its way I was searching around for my first project. Thanks to DJ's great website and Ebay I found what I wanted. I picked up a RAD 2.0 for 15 bucks. It did not have any remote or battery charger (so what). And today I started on it! I hope to post my progress here and open to any ideas you all might have. As you can see I wasted no time before I opened it up!

The RAD 2.0 has what looks like a decent track base with motors and gear boxes (a bit loud when I tried out the motors). It has a physical gearbox selector switch for High and Low gearing (I will need to put a servo on that) which will be cool to mess with. The interesting thing about this guy is that he bends at the waist. He also has two arms that work together to grasp an object. It looks like can bend all the way over and pick up an object on the floor (we shall see). After opening it up I noticed it appears to be a decent thing to start modding.

I have an H bridge on the way for the track motors and I probably going to need another if I want to use the existing motors that control the waist and arm movements. I am thinking of putting in a accelerometer as well so when the bot goes up or down hills it could stabilize itself automatically! It will surely have a distance sensor...just not sure where to put it yet, camera, and probably go with an MP3 trigger. You may notice the circle on his chest...The original toy was remote control and could fire nerflike darts (pretty neat). Not sure I will keep that functionality as I am thinking of other cool gadgets to hook up to him. Tonight I tackled the head movement.....I will post more on that later.....

Kevin

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What can I say, I am super excited about this stuff! Thanks to having a bunch of young boys with lots of legos and kinex around and the handy dandy hot glue gun, I already worked up a possible solution for the head movement. Once I figure out how to get vids up on YouTube, I will post the video. In the meantime...here are some pictures of how I connected up a servo to the head.

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Definately a nice solution for my big bot with on-board computing. It will require multiple boards for operation so that would give me the additional inputs needed. Nice.
#116  
@ Bret,

Here is the link to the schematic on e-bay. Used two servo wires (two female connectors)... switched the Vcc and Signal lines.....then hooked straight up to D/IO. I see these are down to $3.78 (just ordered 4 more)...they seem to work great so far on Legion....!



Sensors
#117  
@kkeast thats same one i bought to play around and test,bought a few to test and compare,but notthing beats the TPA81,can detect between a small person or bigger person or flame or any other sensor,then build a thermal photograph image of the heat source
#118  
Thanks @kkeast - Yeah, I bought 5 of them. In looking at them I see that I can hook them up to ADC port then use their input in a script to affect what I want, as I plan on only using these sensors in Sentry Mode (which will be script driven). I believe this is what I will do then I can differentiate Left and Right sides and save my Digital ports.

@robotmaker - it would be nice to have those other sensors, I just can't afford them at this time. And on this robot I really don't need that level sophistication.
#119  
mostly low cost robots like this doesnt need a really good sensors,they kinda like a toy robot
but fun to build
when i use my sensors in these types ,i try to hide them or use very tiny sensor ,like the AMN22111 FOR LITTLE MORE MONEY
sensors like SHARP IR i try to put behind a clear acrylic like on the BROOKSTONE ROVER project
on TPA81 SENSOR using on my omnibot 2000 project ,computer and LEAF AI software
also design a special male/female sound detecting circuit,and my spectrometer that can detect BEER from WATER and other drinks or ? ,for my omnibot 2000 project

@bret.tallent
ADC PORT is analog to digital port 0-5 volts to use that sensor there is 2 ways ,one is simple use the digital port DOI ,from the 3pin connector on edge of the pcb

SECOND is to use the analog pin from the PIR sensor on the pcb,its easy to find ,there is 3 pins ,gnd,5 volt ,analog output,gnd iis easy to find ,5 volt easy to trace and find ,3 pin is your output

if using the 3 pins on pcb to analog port ,it might jump around or re-trigger from noise
so a good way is to use a schmitt trigger IC or diode in series and pull up or down resistor
#120  
i got a RAD 4.0 robot looks good to hack for EZB
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@kkeast
i guess this question is for you
i see you used autohotkey before
i am trying to make a script to first open a program then after a delay ,then open a file
having problems with adding a delay ,i can run the program ok but needs to wait until it starts to open a file
i know the hotkey commands but adding a delay is a problem
can you make a example of a simple script for me
#122  
@robotmaker,

sure thing. Since you need to delay i am assuming you tried doing this:

run notepad.exe, C:\mytextfile.txt (using a target file)

sounds like you need your program to fully boot first.

Then the next question is 'does your program have shortcut keys....like CTRL+O, type the file, then hit enter? (if not, doing this may be a little trickier..but lets assume you have a shortcut to file/open)

Here is a sample script that should help you. There are two functions that can work. One is 'sleep' but I prefer the 'winwait' as it will get you the best performance.

Here is a simple script to open a notepad file using winwait (you cannot set the delay but the script waits until the 'specified window' appears). I also commented in what is happening and also what do change if you need to control the time using 'sleep'

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run, notepad.exe

;next line waits for notepad.exe to launch in a new window before going on in the script
;use the window spy tool that came with Autohotkey if you don't know the window name
WinWait, Untitled - Notepad,

;next line makes the Untitled - Notepad window active if it is not active
IfWinNotActive, Untitled - Notepad, , WinActivate, Untitled - Notepad,

;next line waits for Untitled - Notepad to become active
WinWaitActive, Untitled - Notepad,

; if you need to control the time factor use the sleep function time in milliseconds and replace
; the WinWaitActive line above with the line below
; sleep, 1000

;next line sends the shortcut keys to open a file load window
Send, {CTRLDOWN}o{CTRLUP}

;next line waits for the Open window and the one after that makes it active just like above
WinWait, Open,
IfWinNotActive, Open, , WinActivate, Open,
WinWaitActive, Open,
;again if you need to set this time factor use sleep
;sleep, 1000
;next line sends the actual keys you need to send to select the file you want loaded and hits enter
Send, myfile.txt{ENTER}
exit
;file should load in Notepad or your program....after you customize it
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That should do it.....again, if you can use the winwait.....it would be much better as actions will happen faster.

After you get the script working....I recommend compiling it to an exe and it will run faster. Plus you can't accidentally mess up your script....you can also run it anywhere then.

If you are stuck..let me know...glad to help. There is also a recording macro tool that comes with Autohotkey that is very handy as well to help you figure out what window you need to put in your script.

Looking forward to hearing how it goes.

v/r

Kevin
#123  
i few a few programs want to make ,first is leaf
need to start leafworks then wait then use alt+O (file) then wait again then wait ctrl+O (open) then filename

mostly rest are the same,minor changes
#124  
@robotmaker,

Using a variation of the above should work for you. Again the macro recorder is a nice tool to help identify the windows you need to make active (before sending the shortcut keys).

v/r

kevin
#125  
ok ,i kinda under stand it ,sleep is what i was missing mostly in mine,did use winwait and winactive
#126  
looking for a RAD 2.0 remote and tray for sale or free :D :D
looking to fully restore one of my 4 RAD'S i have
#127  
Hey Kevin, any updates on your RAD robot? Any more video?
#128  
Hi guys,

I finally got some time over the Holidays to work on LEGION. He is nearly done. Here he is sporting a new paint job all put back together.

As mentioned in some of my last posts he now has PIR sensors front and back and the kids love to try to 'sneak' up on him but cannot get closer than 6 feet before one or both trip!

What took so long was not just work but it took me FOREVER to figure out what to put into the chest circle. For those who don't know, the original RAD 2.0 had nerf darts. While cool, I decided to get rid of those. I was going to put a cool light in there but then changed direction again.

I decided to go with a speaker as LEGION is a Sentry Bot and he needs to be able to have a loud speaking voice. So I needed either a wireless speaker or MP3 trigger. I finally found what appears to be an awesome combination. I found a USB wireless audio adapter (i know there are some out there but they all seemed too big!) I also went through a few speakers and finally found one at Bed Bath and Beyond of all places....A small IPOD battery powered (3V) speaker that fits perfectly. The bonus with the adapter I found is that it has a 'mic' channel too! Now I can easily add a microphone to this guy which is all part of the plan. The speaker system works awesome..its nice and loud for the size of the little speaker. I am hopeful that the microphone will work just as well but probably only when LEGION is not moving.

(sorry about the fuzzy pic below...the adapter is a 'Wireless Audio Box'..only takes one AAA battery...not bad for $30 on ebay).
Wireless Audio Adapter

Anyway.....I have the hardware pretty much done...now I have to see what I can do to leverage DJs new software addons!

My final video for LEGION is yet to come....once I get everything up and running.

Nice to be working on robots again! I am so impressed by everyone else's work that has been going on...some really really cool ideas!

Kevin


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#129  
Very cool and nice looking job ,love the paint
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#130  
Congratulations Keast, the robot has been really nice, good choice with the paint, and pir sensor gives much fun.:)
#131  
Nice Kevin! I can't wait to see your video. And of course any EZ-Script you have worked out might be helpful to others.
#132  
on the speaker it looks good,i ordered 3 for my RAD'S
#133  
What model speaker did you use,i got IHOME MODEL IHM60L and it doesnt fit off by 1/4 inch ,you said it was a perfect fit on all sides
OR how did you make it fit,speaker is 2 inches and hole on the RAD is 2 1/2 inches
#134  
Hi Robotmaker,

I got the speaker at Bed Bath and Beyond, but it is not an IHome speaker.., I tried to find it online, but could not.....it was one they had in the store though...cost about 10 bucks...that was the hard part...finding the right size..I did have to wrap some rubber padding (the kind you line toobox drawers with) around it twice to get a snug fit.....that may work with the ones you have....then some hot glue...if i get back out there I will try to find the vendor of it.

kevin