The last years I have been designing and developing several robotic platforms. These are projects that are made with 3D printing and some lasercutting (prototypes are already working on Arduino and pololu microboards.)
I'm adapting my machines so they can run with EZB. I want to give them an easier user interface.
- Buratino: 3d printed - 50x50cm humanoid robot with 23 axis of movement (full of heavy torque servos). (Arms - torso- head) Buratino will need motion tracking with EZB camera and speech recognition.
- Prosthetic underarm: 3d printed - 25 cm - 6 axis of movement (fingers and rotation underarm) Part of a research project, operated by myo band. Runs on EZ builder. Will build next,updated prototype with an EZB4..
- Basilio: 3d printed - 45cm walking robot with 26 axis of movement, (arms, torso legs and head). Basilio has external potmeters on all joints, I will need to find a way to connect the position data of the potmeters to the movement of the servo. In that way the robot can remember in which position you place him (posing the joints by hand) and translate this to a motion frame. EZB can possibly do this, not sure.. it is running on Pololu maestro and RPI now and has trouble being controlled. Need to find a solution... Like to have it running on the EZ robot platform too.
- Tappie: 3d printed robot covered with fabric upholstery - 45cm with 5 axis of movement (arms - eyeballs). Runs on EZB4.
Tappie is being used in a project on a school. The children (8 -11) can show Tappie cards with QR codes and he responds by telling a short educational stories. This project has a large soundboard with custom made soundbites does motion tracking, speech recognition and QR tracking. The EZbuilder interface makes it possible for teachers to easily operate the robot while in the classroom. This robot has a more simple architecture and might also be suitable for a building workshop at a school in the future. I am still debugging some issues in the EZbuilder but am very happy with the way it performs! Will make a more advanced Tappie using the Ez robot platform.
The described projects above I designed and printed myself, if you would like to see photos and little films of their performance I would be happy to send you some documentation. I have been building these things in my free time on a small budget, so any help is welcome!