Redbender

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Robot Name: RedBender

Purpose: To be used as a small test platform for testing ideas and developing my software ideas for use with EZ-Builder.

Parts Used: EZ-b v3, firmware 16.6, 2 continuous rotation servos for drive wheels, servo for neck (up/down), wireless camera (EZ-Robot 1st generation), HC-SR04 sonar, servo controller BigGripper (from www.BudgetRobotics.com - discontinued)

Power: 6xAA batteries

Body: The main body is a very old frame built of wood which includes the torso down to the base where the wheels mount. It's something a childhood friend made 20+ years ago. I revived it with a black base coat, Plexiglas front and back panels and aluminum side panels. The arms are for decoration and come from an old 80's "RoboFan". The drive wheels are old Lego Technic wheels with servo horns screwed into them. The head is a plastic box from a dollar store with a printout of Bender's face from the TV show "Futurama".

On the back of the head is a label which includes the firmware revision and date, along with the pin assignments. This is handy since I use him as my testing platform. There are also two caster wheels in the back. I have found two caster wheels make small robots like this more stable.

He is currently decorated for the 4th of July (I had to copy cat what MovieMaker did).
JustinRatliff
Commented June 2014
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robotguy7766
Commented June 2014
:D
MovieMaker
Commented June 2014
cool!
Steve S
Commented September 2014
Justin R,
Just checking on your latest updates.
You have been a great resource with your programing skills on the community.
EZ Face is also great.
Steve S
JustinRatliff
Commented September 2014
Thank you Steve. You've been a great resource and community member yourself. RedBender has had a lot of updates. He now has a scanning sonar unit, PIR human motion sensor and a red dot laser.

I use him for experiments and research because he is so much small than my other robots. I've incorporated a lot of sound files from Futurama. I was even able to make him say my name "Justin" which we never said any show (that I could find) by splicing sound bits from the word "just" and "in"....you'd think that would be easy, but finding two files to match up with similar pitch and what not is time consuming.

Bender also curses now (as he did in the show). He can answer some questions about himself. From the AI Thread Rich started I started down a path to convert some arduino code to EZ-Builder (did not succeed), but it started me down a path of working on many new AI scripts.

Mostly just a lot of learning for myself and not a lot share and show just yet. Hopeful soon some new videos of what I've taught him.
mcsdaver
Commented September 2014
Looks like a cool build.
Would like to see some videos of him showing his stuff.
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Published on Thursday, June 26, 2014