New Robot Kit Being Released Today By Meccano


Maybe DJ can set up the motion capture with EZ-B.
Take a look at this video.


I like it, but I wish it wasn't so flimsy.... I realize for cost reasons they probably made it out of plastic... Wouldn't mind an all aluminum structure (what Vex uses), though...

Still, I think it is alright...


Its the motion capture that I find really interesting . It can replay motions that you
teach it by moving the robots arms or what I think is really cool it can copy your body's movement and the replay it.


@mtiberia Correct me if I am wrong here, but.... Dynamixels can report servo position, right? So motion capture is a good possibility with ez builder and the ezb? Possibly even using the ezb camera to capture body movements as well?... I know the xbox Kinect can do it... I think Gael has a video of him doing this with his inmoov...


I think DJ has one more item on his to do list, lol .
It would be great.


Its really flimsy. Its a plastic erector set. My friend was at CES 2015 and saw it there. Cool toy for kids not worth $400. It failed many times during its demo, he said the spokeswoman kept on with the "prototype" excuse for its shortcomings. The company is big in europe. Its coming out Mid August and being distributed by ToysRus.


What are your thoughts on the motion capture part of the system ?
The system is used to program IRobots Baxter robot.


The motion capture with a smart phone I honestly don't understand. If my iPhone has the ability to do that like a Kinect and no one has told me, I'm going to be pretty honked off, lol!

The idea of moving the robot by hand is sort of nifty. I've read you can that by hacking into Standard Servos and taping into the variable resister inside. Then the scripting to read to the position and store values.

I think its a neat toy and I hope they get the bugs worked out.


We looked into posing ability with dynamixels - however for moving a robot do anything precise (ie. walking, etc) it doesn't work and requires additional fine tuning. For what the meccano robot is doing with teaching it by moving the parts is okay because there is no precision required. All it is doing is waving it's arms around like a crazy person. It's not picking anything up, walking, balancing, etc...

The meccano robot is neat for kids and I like that it leverages some of the features on your phone. It's not really "programmable" and you can only teach it one motion and play it back. At any extent, it is a good validation for the market Smile


Dynamixels (AX-12 and others) can, indeed, report back their servo position. Motion or pose capture should be possible with the EZ B4. However, Robotis software drive the Dynamixels through 300 degrees using 1024 steps. Much more movement and positional accuracy than that now provided by EZ B4.