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Published on January 23 2016

Eddie. The I-cybie & Ez-robot Mongrel Robot Dog

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I-Cybie and EZ-B v4 conversion.

Day 1.
23/01/2016

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Continuing from my other thread asking if anyone has hacked an I-Cybie, this showcase thread will detail my first EZ-Robot "toy" hack with this little dog. Because of the inner workings and circuitry of the I-Cybie robot dog, the idea to incorporate the EZ-Robot platform in to this little fella will be to completely gut it out, and replace the DC motors with HD servos for the limbs, and a couple of micro servos for the heads pan and tilt action. It will be a tight fit go get an EZ-B, battery, and servos inside, but I think it can be done.

Unlike my previous "Built from scratch" robot builds where I plan out most of what I would like to achieve, and how to go about it, this project I am just going to... well... wing it. I have little idea of the internal layout of the I-Cybie (apart from a few photos I have seen online), so this will involve quite a bit of trial and error.

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After posting this, I'm going to break out the screwdrivers and start to take the little guy apart. One of the main things I want to have a look at and test once disassembled, is the existing I-Cybie sensors, and test them with a spare EZ-B to see I will be able to use some of them. If not, I'll replace them with EZ-B comparable sensors. Additions will be to change the eye LED's, add a camera, 4 in 1 sensor, and see what else i can fit inside that will be useful.

I have no idea how this is going to turn out (hence the first picture, lol), but this should be a fun and unique project, and I think this will be the first I-Cybie to EZ-B conversion project showcase. I'll try to remember to take lots of photos of the insides in case anyone else is tempted to do a hack themselves, and I will document my progress with this project. Below are a couple of thread links about possibly hacking an I-Cybie with an EZ-B...

https://www.ez-robot.com/Community/Forum/Thread?threadId=162

https://www.ez-robot.com/Community/Forum/Thread?threadId=152

:)*confused* Let the head scratching begin... *confused*:)
January 23 2016
UPDATE cont:

Well, nearly three hours, and the little fella is in pieces now. This is going to be a little bit more of a challenge than I thought. Anyone know how to put it back together, lol?

Leg covers and body panels removed...
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These are the encoders and back of the DC motors for all of the joints...
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Here is the chest IR sensor and main PCB. Unfortunately, all of the sensor modules, sound, ballance, body IR in the dog are imbedded on to the main and head PCB's, so no EZ-B integration which is a shame. Guess I'll have to make a small shopping list...
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A couple of shots of the rear. The tail is also run off a DC motor and I'm not sure what the enternals look like. I may strip it down tomorrow and have a look...
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These are a couple of the DC motors that makes the thing move...
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And here he is almost completely stripped apart. Apparently, he is made up of 1400 parts. I'm telling you, most of them parts, were screws. So many screws *eek* ...
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And these are the usable parts that I'm left with...
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So I have a choice of using the inner skeletal frame and cut a load of plastic out of it to fit the four shoulder servos, EZ-B, and battery (tight fit)... or make a flat platform to fit everything to which would give me much more room, but would need to find a way to attach the body panels. I've got a few things that may work with this build, I've just got to sort out the best way to go about it. My bran needs a good workout after the Xmas holidays.

Stay tuned.
January 30 2016
It's not you Chris. I just added it back in there. I took it out a while ago as I was getting a lot of emails asking for help with their EZ-Robot issues... far to many for me to deal with.
January 30 2016
@Richard.

C64 seems to be alive, and the tape works too. Oh the memories all came flooding back.:D
February 27 2016
hows the dog build going.
March 14 2017
Hey there. For anyone reading this thread which unfortunately seems to have stopped development, I have just picked up an I-Cybie myself and have begun modifications. I found a way to re-use the existing legs which will work with the EZ-B. Check out my thread here https://www.ez-robot.com/Community/Forum/Thread?threadId=10171 if you want to know how. I don't even own an EZ-B yet but am thinking I will purchase one for this project. Regardless, this same method can be used to hack Wowwee products, possibly Zoomer as well.
March 15 2017
Not stopped development... just put on hold for a while I've been dealing with a few things such as moving house.

EDDIE has recently been unpacked so I'll post an update soon when I get back to it, finished off the last few little jobs that need to be done and start on his Auto Position control etc.

Back soon.:)

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