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CochranRobotics

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Designer and Builder of Rafiki and EZ-AI. Show host of Technology Today at http://www.gearupforrobotics.com/techtoday.php |http://www.cochranrobotics.com | http://www.gearupforrobotics.com | d.cochran@cochranrobotics.com |

Achievements

  • 2014-05-15 - Joined Synthiam
  • 2014-05-15 - Created First EZ-Cloud App
  • 2014-05-22 - Created First New Discussion
  • 2014-05-31 - Joined First Discussion
  • 2014-06-22 - Answered First Forum Question
  • 2014-08-03 - Attempt Helping Forum Member
  • 2014-08-03 - Posted First Project Showcase
  • 2014-08-03 - Shared First Photo
  • 2014-08-04 - Connected EZ-Builder to EZ-Cloud
  • 2014-08-21 - Posted First Tutorial
  • 2014-08-23 - Shared First Video
  • 2015-02-18 - Created Custom Avatar

Latest submissions

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Cochranrobotics's Video On Using A Database With Ez-Builder Through Ez-Dbmulti
Before I start, this video requires some knowledge of MSSQL server. To do what this video shows, you will need an MSSQL server installed on a machine on your network and will have to setup some tables and possibly some User Defined Stored Proceedures (USP's) in MSSQL Server. It also requires that you have EZ-DBMulti installed and working. With all...
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Cochranrobotics's Inmoov - D.Cochran Style
Cochranrobotics's Inmoov - D.Cochran Style
I have decided to start my InMoov project. I think I will call him Spock out of respect to Leonard Nimoy who passed away on the day that I...
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Cochranrobotics's Rafiki Update
Cochranrobotics's Rafiki Update
For those of you who are registered at CochranRobotics.com, I have opened up a Rafiki build Status page. This shows photos of the build...
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Cochranrobotics's D.Cochran's Teddy
I am going to try to document this project because I think its pretty cool so far. It is also the beginning of a much larger project. For the hardware right now, I am using a Teddy Ruxpin bought on ebay EZB V4 V4 Camera 2 rotational HD servos for shoulders 1 Rotational servo for neck 1 micro servo for mouth amplified speaker (used for phones) Scary...
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Cochranrobotics's Patriot 1
Just adding some photos of the 3D printed head for the project for the school I am helping. It came from a Rapiro chopped up head (8 pieces) that were printed and then melted together using an Acetone and ABS mixture. These parts were then sanded down and painted. I am not very good at painting at all, so there will be much more time spent cleaning...
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I Am Itchin' To Get Started
I Am Itchin' To Get Started
A while ago I had mentioned that I would be starting a video podcast that functions as technical classes for homeschool students. I had also...
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Trying To Make A Plugin For Xv-11 Lidar Using Sureal Controller
Trying To Make A Plugin For Xv-11 Lidar Using Sureal Controller
I am making a plugin to use the XV-11 LIDAR with the GetSurreal 1.2 controller in EZ-Builder, but I am having an issue on step 6.5 of the...
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Api.Ai Example To Learn A Little Bit From
I have been working in API.AI for a while and jumped back into it yesterday some. I want to describe what API.AI is and what it isn't so that there is a clearer picture of it. I am attaching a sample api.ai project that you can use to start building from if you would like to do so. First, what is it? API.AI is great at taking speech and breaking it...
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Servo Commands With More Than One Ez-B
How do I set the board id for servo commands in a script if there is more than one EZ-B in a robot? In the manual for the following commands, I don't see a way to specify board 0 or board 1. I have searched the website expecting to see something about how to do this but haven't found anything on it yet. I also searched the FAQ and tutorials but...
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A Possible Feature Enhancement
A Possible Feature Enhancement
@DJ Sures, In EZ-Builder, could there be a "lock" added to controls (specifically scripts) that would require a user to unlock the...
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Do Api Keys Carry With A Publicly Shared Project?
Does anyone know if API keys (such as those for the Bing Speech Recognition and API.AI plugins) carry over to the project if saved publicly on the EZ-Cloud? I want to publish an example of using the API.AI plugin which uses the Bing Speech Plugin but I don't know if my keys will be stored on the cloud for people to see and use instead of getting...
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A Note On Ez-Ai/Rafiki
A Note On Ez-Ai/Rafiki
EZ-AI development is on hold right now, well kind of... We are in the process of working with some services that will allow the capabilities...
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Thoughts On A Podcast?
I have a thought but wanted to get the communities input before I invest the time, energy and money to make this happen I am thinking about setting up a video podcast that focuses on EZ-Robot stuff. The thought is to produce a weekly show that would cover things asked in the community, network related things, EZ-Builder things, Plugin things. I...
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Using Dragon Naturally Speaking With Ez-Builder
This has been brought up before is some threads, but has come up again recently. I promised that I would make a post about this so, here it goes... There have been some posts where people have asked to be able to use Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS) with EZ-Builder. To do this, there would have to be a separate application installed which would...
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New Ez-Ai Website
New Ez-Ai Website
We stood up a new EZ-AI website. http://www.ez-ai.net and have had a limited group of people checking out the knowledge engine. We will be...
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They Found The Droids They Were Looking For
They Found The Droids They Were Looking For
Some nice guys from Dallas let us use their props for some promotional photos. We will also be working with them to add lights and sounds to...
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I've Started To Work On Mapping Using The Vx-11 Lidar
The boards have been pretty quiet so I thought I would share what I am working on now. ***This is for robots using an on-board computer*** I have started making a plugin that is designed to use the xv-11 sensor, wheel radius and encoder counts per revolution of the wheels to make a map of the environment. It also uses the compass part of the 4-in-1...
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I Hereby Dub The The Fish Bowl, Or The People Aquarium
I Hereby Dub The The Fish Bowl, Or The People Aquarium
Speaking of the glass conference room that is... I personally always liked The People Aquarium... Anyway, thank you for having Nick and I...
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Bluetooth 5 Beacons
http://www.androidauthority.com/bluetooth-5-announced-698940/ Location awareness through beacons in Bluetooth 5 looks like it is coming sometime in the next 6 months or so.
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Coming Along And Looking Good
Coming Along And Looking Good
Is there any firm date of when the open house will be yet? I am thinking about Nick and I coming up for it.
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Plugin Being Seen Multiple Times When Installed By Others
Plugin Being Seen Multiple Times When Installed By Others
I think this is a question that will have to be answered by DJ so I am going to phrase it that way... The EZ-AI_Client_EZB plugin was first...
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Speech Recognition Not Working While Say Command Is Running
If I use a say command in a script, the speech recognition control stops recognizing anything. Once the say command completes, the speech recognition control starts picking up recognizing what is said again. I don't think that this used to work this way but maybe it did. I used to pause the speech recognition when using the say command when needed,...
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Indoor Gps Coming?
Interesting article http://www.techworm.net/2016/04/mit-creates-amazingly-accurate-indoor-gps-using-wi-fi.html
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Cool Idea For Servos
http://www.revrobotics.com/product/srs-programmer/ While in Dallas this week, I joined the Dallas Personal Robotics Group. They have been around since 1984. I have watched them over the past 15 years or so and always wished I could join. After looking at some of the things that people have built that have come from the club, I decided that this was...
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Pcb's In Larger Robot Builds
Pcb's In Larger Robot Builds
Many of you know that I am working on a production robot called Rafiki. Because it is production, I have had to do some circuit board design...
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Ez-Ai Is Ready For Use Is Your Willing To Do A Bit Of Configuration Yourself
Ez-Ai Is Ready For Use Is Your Willing To Do A Bit Of Configuration Yourself
This thread contains the more recent information about EZ-AI. For information about EZ-AI visit http://www.ez-ai.net And visit the plugin...
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Is The Robot Hobby For Everyone?
There is a good article in this months Maker Magazine where someone made the comment that Robotics fascinates them because of all of the various disciplines that one has to have to build robots. This got me thinking about everything that you would need to understand in order to be proficient at building a robot. It also got me thinking about all of...
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Roborealm Now Supports Neato Xv Lidar
Roborealm Now Supports Neato Xv Lidar
The fine folks at RoboRealm (Steven) has incorporated the XV-11 LIDAR into RoboRealm. This is good news as he is much better with graphics...
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Questions About Plugin Development
I have a couple of questions that I hope you can help me with. I didn't realize that some of these issues existed until I loaded the plugin on a non-development machine. What would be the proper way to write a text file containing your configuration settings for you app to the %public%\Documents\EZ-Builder\Plugins\[GUID] directory or should I be...
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These Guys Need Some V4's
Impressive group of robots. https://www.facebook.com/Sydney-Robot-Workshop-129941170519078/
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Mpu9150 And Ezsdk In C#
I am trying to use the 4 in 1 sensor from the ezb and get the information in C# through the use of the SDK. I had hopes that there would be a sample project for this sensor but I couldn't find one. I know you have to first initialize the sensor. Does anyone know the command to initialize the sensor? I assume once it initialized, I will be able to...
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Well, It Finally Happened To Me
I have never blown a board due to being careless, until yesterday... I am was using an Arduino Mega for gathering information from a Neato XV-11 LIDAR sensor. I had disconnected the power cables and unplugged serial port wiring to mount the board on my control box. After getting the Arduino mounted and plugging in the cables again, I attached the...
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Anyone Have Experience With Saleae Logic Analyzers?
I am in the market for a logic analyzer. Has anyone ever used the Saleae Logic Analyzers? Their website
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Well It Is Official.  Cochran Robotics Inc Gp Is A Company
Well It Is Official. Cochran Robotics Inc Gp Is A Company
Spock wont be worked on in a while. I will be focusing on getting a few products to market by November of 2016. I had a meeting with my...
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Interesting Product
https://www.facebook.com/golightfreq?fref=ts I have a question out to them as to if they have an API and if the software that controls this is available for windows. This could be the answer to a whole house mic system.
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Sale At Brookstone
25% off on items from Brookstone EZ-Robots are on sale at Brookstone. Now is a good time to buy. Offer ends today. Good for any order over $99.00
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Large Volume 3D Printer (Looks Really Well Built)
12x12x12 to 24x24x24 with up to 4 printheads. So you dont have to go looking, here are their prices for preorders. "Here's the current price list for the 4-extruder configurations for all three sizes (12"x12"x12", 18"x18"x18", and 24"x24"x24"). T-Rex-12-4: $3,399.00 (4 extruders) T-Rex-18-4:...
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Has Anyone Built A Robot Base Out Of Carbon Fiber?
I am looking to start the mobile base of my InMoov. There are a huge number of different materials available to use. I am contemplating Carbon Fiber and Aluminum. Does anyone have experience with these two materials that would be willing to give some pointers (mainly on the carbon fiber end)? I think my base will be either 18"x18" or 24"x24". I...
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Cool Gripper Idea
about the 16th minute of the video... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Uo-Wp4kjo
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Possibility Of Adding This Sensor To The Ez-Builder Controls?
http://www.amazon.com/Adafruit-Barometric-Pressure-Temperature-Altitude/dp/B00JHJB2V6/ref=pd_sim_sbs_23_9?ie=UTF8&refRID=1EJXY3ZRV7B6J5TN6HNT It would be cool to add a weather station to my InMoov. I think that this sensor would accomplish a lot of that. Would this sensor be something that you would be willing to add to the controls in EZ-Builder?
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Analog Capacitive Question
I am thinking about adding analog capacitive wires for my InMoov but have a questions. All of my V4's are in use on the inmoov right now so I dont have one to try this with or I would. In order for the analog signal to increase or decrease when a wire is touched, I assume that I have to provide current (+ and/or -) to the pad that I will be...
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Monday I Started Teaching Robotics To 4Th And 5Th Grade Students
My first class on Robotics was last Monday. This class is currently for 4th and 5th grade students and is using EZ-Robot products. The class is strictly voluntary and is taught after school. 50% of the students that are in the 4th and 5th grade have chosen to stay at school an extra hour to learn about robotics through this program. We have called...
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Car Bumper Sensor
Car Bumper Sensor
Cheap sensors First, Thank you @toymaker. Oops :) I have been working on getting one of these sensor arrays working with a EZ-B V4. The...
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New Supported Sensor Possibility? Capacitive Touch Sensor Breakout
CAP1188 - 8-KEY CAPACITIVE TOUCH SENSOR BREAKOUT - I2C OR SPI Hey EZ-Robot. Is this something you would consider adding to your new sensors? I know those building InMoov with V4's would love it. I am sure others would like it also.
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New Packaging For V4 Controllers
New Packaging For V4 Controllers
Hey EZ-Robot team. I like the new packaging for the V4 controllers. Nice job.
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It Is A Sad Day
I have been waiting for today for about 4 months. I have the money in my account to start my InMoov build and a majority of the parts are added to my amazon cart. I just can't bring myself to clicking the proceed to checkout button. I can't decide between tools that will help me to make EZ-AI easier to program and better for any that decide to use...
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Ez-Face And V4 Camera
Ez-Face And V4 Camera
Does EZ-Face work with the V4 camera? For some reason I cant get it to be recognised in the EZ-Face software. I am running version 3.7.14. I...
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A Good Read For Programmers Or Anyone Writing Scripts
For you programmers out there.
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Ez-Db V.01 - Need Some Testers
EDIT: *************THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN ADDED TO EZ-AI****************** This has been updated to include the latest information about this tool. EZ-DB is a utility that will allow EZ-Builder to store and retrieve data from a database. The current databases that are supported are MySQL and MSSQL. EZ-DB can be downloaded from this site. EZ-DB...
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Passing A Variable To Soundboard V4
I would like to do something like the following but can't get it to work. I could do something like this but want to avoid it if possible because this becomes static instead of dynamically driven. [code] if($SongID = "Track_0") ControlCommand("Soundboard v4", Track_0) elseif($SongID = "Track_1")...
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Script Help For Custom Http Server Missing A Command
DJ, I just wanted to give you a heads up that the "ControlCommand("HTTP Custom Server", StartServer)" command is missing from the EZ-Script Functions manual in the Script Help section. Currently it shows the following. Custom HTTP Server ControlCommand("HTTP Custom Server", StopServer) ControlCommand("HTTP Custom Server", ScriptStart) Not being...
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I Love Seeing That
I Love Seeing That
Kids love to learn. Its something that most people forget to love as they get older. Great job guys. It excites me to see this.
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Looking For Some Advice From Some Smart People
There are some pretty smart computer techs on this forum so I am looking for a bit of advice on an issue that I am having. This is not EZ-Robot related, but is a location that I can go to for some advice from people who may have some experience in this, so here it goes... I have a raid 5 that has become corrupt. All of the drives report as good (4...
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Impressive 3D Print
impressive print this is from a makertoolworks M3 printer. I think this is the route I will be taking for a new 3d printer. Makertoolworks M3 printer
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Found A Good Wifi Access Point On Sale
For those of you looking to upgrade your wifi network at your home or business... Good Wifi Access Point on sale I use these and they are very good. I dont work for the company or have any affiliation with anyone who will make a penny off of these. I just wanted to pass along a good deal that might help some here.
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Ez-B V4 Mac Address
does anyone know how to find the MAC address of the EZ-B V4? Someone is hijacking Nomads network so I am implementing MAC filtering. If I could get the device on the network, I would be able to see the MAC, but as soon as I unlock MAC filtering, the AP gets compromised. Please let me know if there is any way to find the MAC address while in AP mode...
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Unboxing Of Dev Kit, Jd And Six
Unboxing Of Dev Kit, Jd And Six
Dev Kit unboxing JD unboxing Six unboxing
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3D Printing A Six
I am 3D printing a Six and have gotten to the part that I dread the most. The final pieces to print are the horn type pieces for the 12 servos. Does anyone have any recommendations for printing these parts? My first concern is the strength of the connector pieces. I will be using ABS, and will be brushing some crazy glue on these pieces to provide...
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A Little Electronics Advice - Dc-Ss503v100 Compas
Let me start by saying that this is the part of robotics that I am very weak in. I am going to be asking some questions that are probably very simple and I know that there will be multiple answers to solve this, as there is always multiple ways to solve something in this craft. I purchased a DC-SS503V-100 because of the native support in...
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Working With Nomad18.08 On Getting His Ez-B V4 On The Network
I am typing this for patrick because english is my primary language and I have been working with him. He has a JD and another EZ-B v4. One of the two is able to connect to his network without any issue now, but one of them is having an issue connecting in AP mode. We cant connect via wifi from either of 2 computers to this one EZ-B v4. There is one...
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Reprap Prusa I3xl Printer Build
Reprap Prusa I3xl Printer Build
I am thinking about building this printer, but replacing the hot end with an E3D v6. I see I can print out the parts to connect the e3d to...
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A Homemade Power Distribution Solution
I decided that I needed to divide my power input up a bit. I have some servos that can only handle 5 volts and some that can handle 6. Most of the ones that will be running together handle 6. I decided to find a way to build a power distribution center for the 6V side. I found a board at RadioShack (cant stand that place) that worked perfectly. It...
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Robot Competitions
There are many organizations around the world that sponsor robot competitions for school students from Jr High to College. While there are some good things about these competitions, there are also some things that I really dont like. For example, a team is given a problem to solve with an autonomous robot. It is good that the team has to work...
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Box Of Roli?
Box Of Roli?
Looks promising.
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Just Made The Order For The School Program
Just Made The Order For The School Program
1 JD 1 Roli 1 six 3 dev kits some batteries and chargers. I am 3D printing parts to build Patriot 1 (mascot of the school and the first...
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Ez-Pop3 Alpha Available For Download
EZ-POP3 was written to use an POP3 email server using SSL to see if there are any new emails since the last time that EZ-POP3 was run. It was written to help someone in the community with a feature that they wanted to see in EZ-Builder. It has not be tested in depth and it is quite possible that you will see some issues at this point. This will...
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Possibly Helpful List Of Links For Someone New To Robotics
I am working on setting up material for class room discussions for the next school year. I thought that I would proved this link as others may find some benefit to some of the sites that I have found on the internet. None of this is my own work, but materials that I have gathered to start building off of. Robotics basics I am working on this and...
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Looks Like Something Important Is Taking Place :)
Looks Like Something Important Is Taking Place :)
Dont you love that people can creep on you all day long? Seeing people line up either means an important meeting or a "Where are we...
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Found A Great Group In My Area
I was browsing the internet and I stumbled upon a great group of people in my area. They are a maker group with focus on robotics, programming, 3d printing, open source and many other things. I went to an open house tonight and was blown away by the machinery that they had for use by its members 24/7. Laser cutters, welders, 3 cnc machines, 3 3d...
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Guess What The Orange Arm Is For In This Picture
Guess What The Orange Arm Is For In This Picture
Guess what is going to be made out of the orange arm in this picture.
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Random Personality Script Not Running
I cant seem to get this script to do anything other than to assign a random number to the $personality variable. When I run the script, it changes the variable and does nothing. I have been watching the variable change and it does hit 1, 2, 10 and 19 but nothing fires from there. Does anyone see anything wrong with the script? I am on version...
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Eagerly Awaiting Ez-B V4 And Other Parts
Hello, I would like to introduce myself and get a bit of advice. My name is David. I have worked in IT for about 20 years and have purchased a robomow when they first came out and built a Talrik II in the distant past. Work got in the way of my building and the sprinkler system got in the way of the robomow, so I have simply been programming and...
No live robot hacking sessions have been shared yet.
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API.AI-Example
API.AI-Example
I modified the example to work with the API.AI version 5 of the plugin. I also added notes that should help to understand what is happening...
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EZ_AI_CLIENT_Sample
EZ_AI_CLIENT_Sample
This is a sample project that uses EZ-AI. You will need to install the EZ-AI plugin and then add it to this project.
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For Castlephelps
For Castlephelps
This is just an example to help get you started. The init script should be run first, which could be placed in the connection control to...
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Test For Rentaprinta
Test For Rentaprinta
this works. please test on your machine.
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D.Cochran Teddy - Database Driven Robot EZ-AI Combined
D.Cochran Teddy - Database Driven Robot EZ-AI Combined
Please see thread at http://www.ez-robot.com/Community/Forum/Thread?threadId=7220 for extensive details. I will keep updating this robot....
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D.Cochran Teddy - Database Driven Robot
D.Cochran Teddy - Database Driven Robot
Please see thread at http://www.ez-robot.com/Community/Forum/Thread?threadId=7220 for extensive details. I will keep updating this robot. To...
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Db Sample Array
Db Sample Array
Notes are in this project along with on cochranrobotics.com
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Rssfeed Parser/Reader For EZ-Builder
Rssfeed Parser/Reader For EZ-Builder
parses and reads RSS feeds into a variable in EZ-Builder allowing you to use things like sayEZB(). Notes in project describe what is needed...
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RSS News Tutorial For Sayezb
RSS News Tutorial For Sayezb
Uses an EXE to generate a txt file from an RSS feed, which can then be loaded to a variable and read through the EZ-B V4 using the sayEZB...
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Roli Dcochran
Roli Dcochran
Welcome to the Revolution Roli example project. There is a great tutorial course on our website at www.ez-robot.com with information on...
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Test For Bhouston
Test For Bhouston
Get error message that "sound servo is in use elsewhere" when I have both the speech recognition and sound servo open.
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Wall-E_Full-Dcochran
Wall-E_Full-Dcochran
this is a work in progress. I doubt it will ever truly be complete.
No firmwares have been created yet.
No 3D Parts have been created yet through EZ-Builder.