This is my latest project.
Vintage Lynx Robot Arm(1996?) reborn with EZB
Attending a HAM Fest in Peoria, Illinois, amateur radio and electronics show maybe 1996,
I ran into Jim Frye and talked with him, ("The Robot Guy", inventor of Lyxnmotion) peddling robot kits outside! Old 2009 Newspaper article
It was an early (robot arm) Lynx motion kit he was demonstrating.
I was so impressed that I purchased a kit along with 4 extra Hobbico servo
s, add on option, instructions to convert servo
s to continuous rotation (mobile base), plus a Scott Edwards SSC controller kit 1st edition? (a bag of electronic parts with instructions).
The arm required much fabrication and assembly.
Surprisingly all of this worked, building and even soldering the controller!
It was all controlled with a BASIC program that would send serial commands.
After discovering EZ Robot, then rediscovering BASIC on an old PC and running the tethered Lynx arm, I realized Lynx needed an upgrade.
The Lynx transformation started by removing the 5 volt power supply connection, serial connection cords, SSC serial controller with 9 volt power connection. The original power connection was separate input power voltage to servo
s with signal wires separate to the controller.
Some of the original servo
mounting used double sides tape! New mounts include an aluminum bracket and electrical ties. The cable hand control was trouble some and required attention (yes that is a paper clip fabrication on the hand!).
The Lynx EZ Bot now uses an internal LiPo battery, an EZB3, and of course, NO MORE TETHERED WIRES!
It can now take advantage of all the great EZ Builder features! Auto Position
, voice commands, etc.
Reviving this old Bot has been fun and rewarding because it was bringing new life to an old Bot Friend that I liked.
This little BOT has had a great journey and woke up 18 years later into an awesome new era of robotics! ("Where no robot has gone before").
Hope you like it!