Development Kit Robot

 
#21

@Nink
Thanks for sharing the info on your printed as well as the retail version of the dancing robot. My grandkids got so excited and I just had to see if I could build one completly out of EZ-Robot parts

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Using JD bare project as a base, create a “Cubee” robot using only EZ-Robot parts. I think this approach would help in STEM education as standard EZ-Robot parts were used. I used @DJ tip on AutoPosition to create dance moves

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Here is the standard layout of JD servos

The only servos used from the JD Cubee build are:
D12, D16 – Hip joints (replaced with rotation servos)
D14, D18- ankle joints

The goal is to edit the frames and actions in the JD AutoPosition control to create the desired dance moves

Optional… Try using standard JD feet as the ankle joints. The feet would provide great support but add an extra servo(there are 2 servos in each JD foot) that could also be used to lift a leg (D14, D18)

When I edited the AutoPosition control to add in my new dance moves, I was not able to get the servos to respond to the frames or actions. I’m not sure if this is what fixed it, but since I was only using 4 servos out of the 18 in the JD bare project, I wondered if the frame was trying to communicate with all 18 servos

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So, I assigned all unused servos to NA. My frames and actions are now working, but I’m unsure this is what fixed it.

I only built 2 Actions; Ankle Flex and Twist. As you will see in the video, I have no rhythm or style but this is just a proof of concept…the exercise is left to the student

One feature this design has over the original Cubee is the standard voice recognition built into the EZ-Builder. My granddaughter nicknamed the robot “floppy guy” because he was failing all over the place with standard JD Actions.

Here is the video



If anyone is interested, I can post the project

Frank

#22

Nice work. Think his feet may need to be a little smaller to get him to walk. This could be a great low cost entry level bot for DJ to add to his collection.

#23

@Nink
You are right about the big feet!

I was just worried about him tipping over on aggressive moves.

Since the JD body has built in arm servos, one could also add arms.

To keep the cost down for an entry level robot, DJ could remove those servos.

Thanks again for the inspiration on this new robot, my granddaughter loves it.

Frank

#24

@Nink
Changed to smaller feet and more moves





Regards,
Frank

#25

Way 2 much fun. I am patiently waiting for my Black Friday special to arrive and when it does I will play catch-up. Love it.

#26

these are great moves.i like these video's

#27

Frank, fantastic design!

BTW, Oh My GOSH, does anyone else think Frank's JD Cubee looks like a "Batteries Not Included" robot? As a child of the 80's I loved that movie and the "little guy".
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#28

@JustinRatliff,
Thanks for the compliment. Your photo made me think of adding a head and in keeping with my self-imposed requirement of only using EZ-Robot stock parts here is what I came up with:

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This of course makes him pretty tall, getting away from the Cubee clone idea, and he getting so top heavy that I had to use a bit bigger feet. Its almost as big as JD.

I'm considering removing the unused shoulder servos to balance it out. the Dodecagon Body is already enpty

It would be nice if there were some "slim" EZ-bits extension cubes, just male to male connectors for close fitting servos

Regards,
Frank

#29

@JustinRatliff,
Here is my current attempt at matching those "Batteries Not Included" robots

I used the dome from AdventureBot and added music. Was able to go back to smaller feet and it has good balance

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and the video



Frank

#30

I love it Frank! Huge improvement! I'm probably going to end up copy catting you in the future. I might even do a custom shell.