Borg a Furnace

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Ahoy !

Recently one morning my wife turned on the furnace and we were quickly inindated with a cloud of smoke.  After the smoke cleared, I looked into the details and found the motor completely burnt.  We purchased a new motor, but in the back of my head I'm always wondering, "How did that happen?"

Three complete robots built in 25 days

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Designing, 3D printing, assembling and painting of these respectively 1.60m, 160m and 1.20m robots was done in 25 days.

I barely had nights to sleep, working alone in my work shop, I thought I wouldn't be able to accomplish the task in time.

The surface finishing with car filler on all the 3D printed parts took me a long time to get a perfect smooth finish for the paint job.

Nema17 3D printed Linear Actuator & ESP32 WebGui

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Here is the current working system.

The design 3D STL print files can be found here Chiprobots Thingiverse Channel

Below you see the Nema17 Stepper motor ,Actuator,ESP32,ramps controller birds nest.

BoardInfo Bug

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I created this one :P

As Calamity pointed out there is some missing runtime type identification of the board, which I recently  commented out. (I owe a unit test ! :P)

Now some history on it :

MRL can now "potentially" compile and upload the board, its necessary to send the correct command line parameters to avrdude.  This is "sort of" done in the ArduinoUtils - but it does not have all the needed types for all the boards.

Advice appreciated with a couple of issues - Windows and Mac OSX

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I would appreciate anyone's thoughts on these issues:

I'm using a USB Hub which is working okay. The same one Gael recommended. 

Plantoid Deep Dive Research

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Lately I've been able to pick up on Plantoid research, its been great to be able to stretch out in a new shop space and unpack the 'bots, which are in great need of repair and upgrade. 

So far, updates to latest MRL and services seem to be going well, though many services still aren't starting, I haven't been able to keep testing for bugs, as lots of areas need some direct attention there. 


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Video or picture tutorials? Which do you find more useful?

Starting with a complete 3d printed Inmoov, this is what I am starting with for a series of tutorials.

Giving the robot vision, a voice, hearing, and personality.

Connecting 2 raspberry pi's to work together, also two instances of MRL communicating with each other.

OpenCV running on one.

Program A/B and MaryTTS running on the other.


My intention is to make these as simple to follow and understand as possible, with newcomers in mind.

Kinect One with MRL under windows

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OK guys,


This is how to use kinect one with Open NI under windows :

just download this driver :

and copy it under this directory : root:\MRL\libraries\native\OpenNI2\Drivers\


Launch the Open NI service :

ProgramAB and InMoov

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----- UPDATE 2017/05/16 ----

InMoov and ProgramAB can be modeled a bit like a human.  Let's  think of it in terms of the parts.

  • Ear
  • Brain
  • Filter
  • Mouth

Ok,  above we have an ear, an ear recognizes text and publishes that to the brain.  The brain takes that text and produces 2 things. 1. a responses as text and 2. out of band messages ( generic mrl messages , we'll talk about these in other posts.)

My 3D printed omni-directional mechanum wheels for Ghost the inMoov

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I've made 4 of these, from ABS, with the Flashforge 3D printer and hope to make them work on my inmoov, 'Ghost'.