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LattePanda Alpha and MyRobotLab

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Back in February I back a Kickstarter campaign for what was described as a Single Board Computer with the heart of a Mac Book For the level I supported this set me back around the AU$500.  The campaign was successful, however production had a number of delays,  the result was Thursday 9th of Nov, I received a package containing my brand new Latte Panda Alpha.  Interestingly enough the site that was supposed to show tracking info when it was shipped still did not list that it had been shipped.

New I2C controlled Dual Motor Positioning Controller

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The dual motor controller is based around the Arduino Nano using PWM output to control up to two DC motors and one standard type servo.

Finger starter query

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Hello fellow MRLians

Today I received a query from one of our newer members, but was unable to reply directly.
It occured to me, if one user has the question, then others may as well.

Below is the query and my attempt to answer it.
Chime in if i make an error


Modifying a CYS-S8218 Servo

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The CYS-S8218 is a nice beefy servo boasting a 40Kg of torque, which is very impressive.

However, this servo does come with one limitation; it has only a 90 degree of rotation output.

When you look inside the servo, there at physical stops at 220 degree and the position potentiometer is also rated to 220 degree, this suggest a lot of reserve capacity within the mechanics, and the manufacture wanting to prevent model builder from overloading the servo by limiting the range to a point it will always have max torque available.


Walking Robots Part Two

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In my previous blog on walking robots I touched on the current open source walking robot progress.

Since that time there has been some progress, with some success. 
Gael Langevin has released a video of his robot knee in operation,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FG0sEBupAQ

Harland has also shown his robot taking its first steps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4LspxN14tw


Power Protection Systems for NOOBs

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When you think of power protection, you first think of fuses or circuit breakers. While these are the most common devices used in both home and industry, they are far from being the only type of protection device.  Normally the fuse or circuit breaker will only be part of a larger protection system.

Walking Robots.

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The day when we can ask our robot to get us a beer and it walks to the fridge get the beer out and returns it to us out in the shed will be truly a great day.  There are some who say it can't be done, and those people will never achieve this ultimate goal, but as a community this goal is achievable and quite possibly before the end of next year.
 

Setting up Web Kit Speech Recognition With Mary TTS For NOOB's

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This set of instructions is based on the Raspberry Pi 3 (RPi3).
To setup the RPi3 please follow the following link: http://myrobotlab.org/content/installing-mrl-raspberry-pi-3-noobs
 
In the tutorial we will be creating Python script which we can execute from within MyRobotLab (MRL)
 

Remote Access to the Raspberry Pi 3 for NOOB'S

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If you haven't already I suggest reading the Installing MRL on a Raspberry Pi3 for NOOB's
http://myrobotlab.org/content/installing-mrl-raspberry-pi-3-noobs
This tutorial is a continuation of that tutorial and assumes the raspberry Pi 3 is configured 
the same way as described in the above listed tutorial.