Question
Asked December 7 2016

Community Question

Love digging up a horse and beating it again? Well fellas I'm here to help you out!

Lets start another up to date discussion about the use of, and the support of, Dynamixels and the HerkuleX line of professional servos. I'm moving up a level with some upcoming projects and steering away from the hobby style servos. I've spent days researching, using geared stepper motors, geared DC motors as servos and have come back full circle to serial servos. Due in part, by all the unknowns and unreliability associated with creating a servo from scratch.

Tell me about your success and failures of using the Dynamixel and HerkuleX servos with EZB. Please be detailed in your experience and add something to what is already written in the prior threads about subject. What needs to change/improve for better support? Perhaps this is adding to existing plugins or writing new ones? Speaking of plug ins (this is probably another topic), but i wonder if there would be more incentive to create plug ins if there was a pay for development? Like how the app store works? Just a thought there.

I really believe in everything EZ robot and want to continue using the products, because well its so EZ and the results are amazing. I'm well aware the majority of sales is in the education market for EZ Robot and therefore guides their company. But, how can we work together as a group to build support for the next level of servos and professional robotics? And ask ourselves what is the motivation to do so?
DJ Sures
Synthiam
January 16 2017
I don't think so. I'll have to look at the plugin code and see
January 16 2017
Ok thanks.
March 14 2017
Couple of things. Just got my MX 64ATs and updated to the newest version of EZ Builder. Now not sure if it's coincidence but I can't get the dynamixels to move anymore. Could anyone one with this set up confirm the plug in is still working. I'm up to date with the plug in as well. Tried with both my new dynamixels and my mx28. Nothing at all.

So many variables in this set up want to rule out broken plug in first before I run down thru the list.
DJ Sures
Synthiam
March 15 2017
Check baud rate on servos.
March 15 2017
Yeah I did thanks. Was actually computer wasn't updating comm ports and using a burnt up a dynamixel (ouch! $$$$)! So a perfect storm of issues..

I switched laptops and new dynamixel and working again!

Also dynamixels do invert direction as talked about above thread! Yay.