Tuesday, July 7, 2009

V2 Retired

Hello there,
Been a long time since my last post here. My V2 has had a seized hip motor for a while now and I'm assuming he has the dreaded 'crumbling wire' issue that has killed many a V2. One day I'll get around to fixing him up again!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

So many bots... So little money

Well I've decided to not get a Manoi. I have been reading alot of posts from users around the web and it seems that he is a high maintenance little chap. Apparently adjusting the home position is critical to his performance and if I wanted to add mods this could get very tricky.

For now I want to get a Roboquad and a Homersapien, unfortunately I have around $0- to spare for such luxury items. I still have one more mod for the V2 that I need to get around to doing and then I will need a new bot to hack apart and have some fun with.

To get some instant satisfaction after my nightmare of a time with programming a PIC for a nixie project I pulled out some old valves I had lying around and made myself a nice little overdrive/distortion pedal.

So out of my Uni break "to do" list I managed to complete only one of my projects. Anyway as I said the last V2 hack is on it's way, it is quite a simple little hack but I think it will round off my V2's arsenal quite well.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

100,000 HITS TODAY! + PIC Problems

Well first off I was surprised when I checked out my guest book today and found my site has cracked 100,000 visits. Hopefully there are alot more flamethrowing, coilgun wielding gizmos gracing our planet due to people visiting my site.

Still having problems with this damn 16f84a PIC I'm trying to program for my nixie projects and I've decided to give up!
THATS RIGHT.... IT BEAT ME!!!

I have bought another chip off a bloke called Wouter and paid him a little extra to drop the DAMN hex file onto the chip.

I could program the thing but when placed into the circuit it would not operate... After checking the circuit for the 5051st time I concluded that it was not the circuit and something about the programming method (eg. fuses etc..). I know the program works as a huge amount of people have used the same code for thier clocks.

After chaging all the values under the sun in every single PIC programming software I could get my hands on I gave up. I hate to give up but it was that or loosing my sanity! (whats left of it anyway!)

Once I get this watch and clock out of the way, I'll get back to some less frustrating electronic circuits for my bots that require, NO BLOODY PROGRAMMING.

Bad start to my first try at programming, I'm getting worried about getting a Basic Stamp module now if it is going to be this frustrating!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Uni is completed!!! Catch up time...

I had my final exam today which means I have some spare time up my sleeve for the next month. Hopefully I get through a few projects that have been put on the back burner for some time.
These include, in order of proposed completion;
  • Nixie clock
  • IN-17 Nixie watch
  • Final V2 hack
  • Steam powered photovore
  • Distortion pedal MKII
The little nixie clock and nixie watch have been on the back burner for far too long as I seem to have no end of trouble with the programmers I buy to drop the nixie clock code onto a chip. Can't wait to get them sorted and add the last hack to my V2.

I have been playing around with teh dragonfly and have added different weights to it to see what kind of mod I can do to it. It looks like the weight of having a gas tank, extra battery and a small valve would just be too heavy for teh little guy to fly with. (I know DUH!!! but I had to have a go) So the dragonfly now sits on the shelf awaiting excited nephews or cats i don't want in my backyard. Cool little gadget to have!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

FlyTech Dragonfly arrives... What to do?

Thanks to the folks at Wowwee, I now have myself a brand new FlyTech Dragonfly for being part of the RS Media suite Beta testing program.
I'm low on batteries at the moment, so I'll have to wait until I get some to fire the bug up and give it a fly. Looking at the size of the little guy though I'm sure there is room for at least one little hack?
I'm Not quite sure what yet, but as most of you know; If I can fit in a flamethrower I will.

Everything is better with fire!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Takara/Tomy i-sobot: Due later this year


I remember this little guy from a while back but thought it was just another robot that was gone, forgotten and never to be realised.
Thankfully I was wrong and the tiny (6.6") robot will be released in July for around US$250.00. A version including a camera and Wifi capability is also on the cards for a later release to retail at around US$350.00.



The little bot sports 17DOF, voice recognition, a IR remote with LCD screen and hundreds of preprogrammed movements.
Check out the video of this awesome bot below;

Thursday, May 3, 2007

When I get a Manoi...

I try to keep up to date with the happenings on the Manoi front by visiting ROBOT DREAMS. As I was browsing around I came across an article describing how to use a wireless Playstation controller to control a Manoi AT01.
Yusuke Yumae developed at kit called the TEC-1, this converts the Playstaion output into a signal that works with RCB3 and RCB1 control boards.

Another adition I would love to have would be Manoi grippers which I also came across whilst on ROBOT DREAMS earlier today. The grippers were designed by Matt Baure and allow the Manoi to pick up small objects. Below is a video from TEMPUSMASTER showing off the grippers.



Until I can get my aching hands on a Manoi I have a few little projects to work on. Nocturnal has sent me a new speaker for my V2 which I will replace soon, I have had very poor sound from my V2 since I tore the speaker just after Christmas 2005. I have also finished repairing my steam engine and will be using that to power a simple robot. Finally, I still need to get some cash together to buy a basic stamp module for the "Flipbot Project" and learn to program in PBasic.

Uni holidays hit in a few weeks so keep popping back.