Sparky Jr.

Here it is so far:

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I tested it with a screen from ThinkGeek (It was not mine, but someone I knows') but I plan to actually use a 10 inch screen. (I think it is HP branded, and it has a webcam. ) No touchscreen on that, but I don't really see any big reason to have a touchscreen. Of course, I could always mod it for a toucscreen overlay.  Anyway the screen worked GREAT! 

I have been fairly caught up with developing a tablet that runs OSX. (Sorry if I sound like I am spamming now, but read on) It has basic netbooks specs, Intel Atom N270, 2Gb of Ram and 320gb Hard Drive. It can run OSX, Windows, and Linux which is perfect. (10 inches) I was debating whether or not to use it with the robot I am going to build, and the answer turned out to be no, because as of now, I haven't tested the power requirements and the like, and wouldn't it be mroe fun to just touch the buttons to drive it? XD

I have worked out voice control for the Sparky App under OSX! Directions:

All on the computer you are using to drive the robot with.

Speech, Speech Recognition, Commands, Application Specific has to be checked. Then open up the Sparky App. Press Escape (Or your hot key to have the computer 'listen') and say "Define Keyboard Command" Set it to the up arrow. Make what ever phrase you want to say to make the robot go forward, the phrase. Do that to all of the directions! (Side to Side, front back) Remember to make the command specific to the Sparky Application. 

The robot itself is coming along. I ditched the use of the UPS battery, cause the netbook I am using lasts 6 hours and the Create lasts shorter then that so no worries. I am working on the casing now. It will have the Create, then an Octagon of Plexiglass right on top. (So I can drill into that) Then Black arcrylic plastic (About 3 inches high) making the walls of the octigon. Then have the netbook in there. Have some PVC piping inside holding up some more PlexiGlass. (Octagon) In there I will have the little contraption I made that allows the netbook to charge from the dock, (I will explain later), and a USB hub for the parts. I will have arcrylic plastic slanting in for about a foot and a half leaving a flat surface on top. There will be a one tube of PVC piping inside of the second section to hold an adjustable metal pole. (So the metal pole will come out of the flat surface. Then on the metal pole a laser guided missile launcher with a 10 inch screen on that. (So the screen/head can move) Here is a rough sketch without arms. The arms would be inside the second section.
   
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  I           I
  I_______I
       I  I
       I  I
       I  I
    __I_I___
  /   II II    \
 /    I   I     \
/___I__I___ \
I__________I
I__________I

This is how the netbook would be charged. AC to DC which takes 12v DC to power the netbook. Create/Roomba dock gives off about 22v. So take a DC to a black and red (Postitive and Negative) adapter and hook it up to the AC to DC. http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3896268

Then on the postitive wire, put in 10, 1v diodes. Then clip on the positive to the postive dock pad. The negative, wire straight to the negative dock pad. And presto, there you go.

Any questions, just ask! 

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Nobody has any comments? Now I feel stupid...
This is similar to what I’m trying to do but without the “guided missile launcher” :-)
I’m still in the first stage of looking and testing hardware for the robot (still looking for a cheap pc/mac to be the brain) and thinking to put it on a platform with Omni wheels so I will have better control on the robot’s movements.
Please keep posting your updates..
Well the only use of that would to be able to nod etc. :D

I like the wheel idea. Then Sparkies could even do some disco with that.

As for the PC/Mac I sent you a PM.

RobotDude said:
This is similar to what I’m trying to do but without the “guided missile launcher” :-)
I’m still in the first stage of looking and testing hardware for the robot (still looking for a cheap pc/mac to be the brain) and thinking to put it on a platform with Omni wheels so I will have better control on the robot’s movements.
Please keep posting your updates..
Quiet forum. :D
So what's new with your project?
I'm still learning the MAKE controller and try to make him control other things.
So I wouldn’t say I have any big progress with my project.
Nothing yet. Life doesn't give me enough time. :(



RobotDude said:
So what's new with your project?
I'm still learning the MAKE controller and try to make him control other things.
So I wouldn’t say I have any big progress with my project.

Ok here it is, 

 

Instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/MAYA-Telepresence-Rover/

Blog: mayarover.blogspot.com

 

It turned out great! 

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