Steve G

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United Kingdom
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111 Forum Threads, 2,331 Posts
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answered 71 user questions, wrote 15 tutorials, created 5 EZ-Robots, 13 achievements, 10 evangelist posts

Steve.gibbs5@gmail.com

Using ADC (Analog to Digital) Ports, Commands and Controls.

This tutorial will cover some basics on using the ADC (Analog to Digital Converter) ports on the EZ-B v4. Included will be some information about the ADC ports, mention some of the peripherals that can be used with them, the EZ-Builder ADC controls you can use, and some script examples for you to look at and try.

Last Modified on 3/23/2016

Created by Steve G


Tutorial On Fixing Voice Synthesis Problem With Windows 8.1 and 10

This is a tutorial to help those of you having issues with speech synthesis working within EZ-Builder on a Windows 8.1 computer. Hopefully this will help you whether you're a seasoned EZ-Builder user, or if your just starting out, and are facing issues with speech synthesis. UPDATE: The fix outlined in this tutorial also works for Windows 10, where a similar issue occurs.

Last Modified on 12/16/2015

Created by Steve G


Amps, Volts, Power Converters and Power Supplies.

This tutorial will explain what is needed for powering an EZ-B v4, any peripherals connected to it such as servos and sensors, and will talk about the different power requirements and hardware options that can be used to help avoid problems with your robotic projects. Whether you are new to robotics, or have been involved in the field for years, hopefully this will help to confirm or deny a few misunderstandings, and set you on the road for having a safe and solid electrical system in your robotic projects. This tutorial will cover Amps, Volts, EZ-B v4 power specs, Batteries and Mains supplies. It will also go through what Series and Parallel means, how to use a multi-meter, Power regulation such as regulators and Buck converters, and electrical wire.

Last Modified on 10/23/2015

Created by Steve G


The EZ-Builder Script Manual.

This is an online version of the EZ-Script manual for easy reference. It is a copy of what can be found under the "EZ-Script Help" tab inside of a controls script editor inside EZ-Builder. There are two versions of the manual in this document... the full one page manual, and a broken down version arranged in alphabetical order for your convenience. Use this online manual when you want to reference it, but do not have EZ-Builder on your device.

Last Modified on 10/16/2015

Created by Steve G


Soundboard PC & Soundbard EZ-B tutorial.

This tutorial will guide you through how to set up and use the "Soundboard" controls to give your robot the ability to have sound effects and play music without any additional hardware. This tutorial will explain the various soundboard controls, what they do, and will give a couple of examples that you can play with.

Last Modified on 10/16/2015

Created by Steve G


Explanation and Uses of Arrays.

This Tutorial will explain what an "Array" is, and give you some examples of how they are, or can be used within EZ-Builder and your robotics projects. This is not a "How to" tutorial, but more of a guide explaining how how arrays are used in various applications.

Last Modified on 10/16/2015

Created by Steve G


Display Popup Tutorial.

This tutorial will guide you through the setup and various uses for using one of the available plugins that can be found on then EZ-Robot website. The display plugin displays your robots response in a text format on a computer or tablets screen. This is a great option if you have a computer display installed on your robot, as this plugin control can be used where speech synthesis is not an option for people with hearing difficulties, and allows them to interact with your robot. This is also useful if you have a robot that does not speak, much like R2-D2, as this can act as a translator of sorts.

Last Modified on 10/16/2015

Created by Steve G


How to make an EZ-Robot Tutorial

This is a short tutorial to show you how to create a tutorial for the EZ-Robot website, using the "Tutorials" section.

Last Modified on 10/16/2015

Created by Steve G


Tip120 & Tip122 Transistor Switching Circuit

This excellent tutorial was created by Rich Pyke, and has been posted on his behalf. This Tutorial will go through the steps for making a TIP120 and TIP122 transistor switching circuit. These can be used much like a relay or switch for turning on and off a string of LED's for example, but have the added bonus of using PWM (pulse width modulation) so you can adjust the brightness of the LED's. This became an evolving tutorial with additional information and options available being added. The change log at the end of this post explains changes made. Any additional information will be added as and when discovered.

Last Modified on 10/16/2015

Created by Steve G


Speech recognition tutorial

Speech recognition is becoming a very popular way to control robots. This tutorial will explain the EZ-Builder speech recognition control in detail, and go through the the steps of how to set it up. It will also include further information such as explaining the controls, training Windows Speech Recognition, and general information on using speech recognition successfully.

Last Modified on 10/16/2015

Created by Steve G


Setting Servo speeds and Initialization Script Tutorial

This tutorial will explain what an initialization script is and how to use them in your EZ-Builder projects. Initialization scripts, sometimes referred to as "Init" scripts are used to prime controls, devices, or existing scripts within your EZ-Builder projects, and sets them ready for use. Sometimes, you may see it referred to as a "Run Once" script. In the next few steps, I will go through how to set an "Init" script up, and go through some of the main uses for this function, that includes servos speeds and setting variables.

Last Modified on 10/16/2015

Created by Steve G


Pandorabot tutorial

This tutorial will cover the different uses with a Pandorabot chatbot and EZ-Builder. Pandorabots is a great option for having dynamic speech synthesis conversations with your robot, and you can tie in it's responses with Cheat Sheet commands to control sensors, media files, servos ect, all from the EZ-Builder Pandorabot control. You can customize the Pandorabot with different and new responses, and there is quite a bit of documentation online describing how to use certain functions, such as using the tag for variable response for different user names, and using tags to keep conversations on topic, some of which will be covered in this tutorial.

Last Modified on 10/16/2015

Created by Steve G


Cepstral Voice Effects

For anyone who uses, or wants to use voices, you may be aware that they also supply sound effects with the voices they offer. These are great to have your robot sound, well, like a robot and not so human. Downloading a Cepstral voice and selecting a sound effect to use such as "Old Robot" will work fine with Windows Narrator, but won't work straight away with EZ-Builder, only the non effect voice will be heard. But there is a way to achieve this.

Last Modified on 10/16/2015

Created by Steve G


Flex Sensor with an ADC Port Tutorial

Here is a companion tutorial to go with the ADC tutorial. The ADC ports on the EZ-b v4 can host a number of different kinds of sensors that run on 3.3 volts. There are some sensors however that need a helping hand to work and the v4's analog ports, and flex sensors are one such sensor. In this tutorial, I will go through the steps for how to get a flex sensor up and running on an ADC port.

Last Modified on 10/16/2015

Created by Steve G


Using Exec() Commands To Help Make A Game

K-9 asks "Would you like to play a game?" So from the famous(ish) line from the movie "War Games", I have taught K-9 a simple, but fun game to entertain people and wanted to showcase it here. I've had some time on my hands, and I gave scripting a game a go, the game being "Rock, Paper, Scissors" aka "Roshambo" aka "lots of other things". As K-9 doesn't have any hands I had to think of a way for him to...

Last Modified on 9/15/2015

Created by Steve G