New, New TardisBuilders!
Started by hitshermark, Mar 22, 2010, 08:32 pm
QuoteLovelace will have a small wireless router acting as both a way to communicate with outside world and as a central computer (CPU) to talk to various subsystems that will control his moving parts. Initially, these subsystems will consist of two Arduino micro-computers, each equipped with a "shield" that will specialize them to interact with the real world in some way. The first will have a "wave shield" to allow him to talk and make other noises. The second will have a "motor shield" that will allow him to turn motors and servos to make bits of him move.
Quote from: quigonj on Apr 04, 2010, 04:14 pmSo what are these electronics packages, and how do they work?
Quote from: quigonj on Apr 26, 2010, 04:14 pmJust saw your Wavesheild build video... very nice! Lovelace will be a far smarter dog than mine. Had a very interesting conversation with the R2 builders guild at the Anaheim Comic-Con a week ago.
QuoteThe reason for a "bot receiver", which you'll be able to program in, I would think, is so that if the dog loses the controller signal (due to batteries getting weak or interference), the motor movement will stop rather than send the dog careening into the nearest convention display or child in the way. There are liability issues for owning a robot, that's something they made clear to me. And they were nice folks.
QuoteFor K9's collar, the 1" Buchanan collar was the one worn during the Key to Time season. I picked up one from http://www.caninecollars.com/perky_plaids_cheeky_checks.htm , and the actual collar is fairly dark and rather nice. The neck itself is a tractor part, which again, thanks to the WhoProps board, I will order with spares at the end of the week.I ordered the back panel buttons (E-Switch PB1973) from a local electronics shop in colors and numbers that match the Mark III dog as seen in the new series for both our dogs. Dunno the price yet on those, but I will let you know.
QuoteOn sound, it's been recommended to me that a 20-30w amp will be required to have a dog that can be heard on loud places, just so you know.
QuoteMy relative is still working on those plans, and I am getting her all these oddball parts like the buttons and gaskets as a thank you and incentive to make it easier for her to make one if she chooses to do so. So, there's my current update.