Jon's Place

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Jpeg Camera Module Mount

So, the printed camera mount came from Xardas, and (as always) the service and product were excellent. Here it is, with the camera module mounted inside, and the mount attached to the Bioloid frame piece.

I love 3D printers...

Thursday, January 10, 2008

MicroRaptor is Back

So, with a little servo shuffling, and some machining (new body), MicroRaptor is back...

I've put on a couple AX-S1 sensors on the head, and there's a spot in the middle for my new serial Jpeg camera, with a custom mounting case I designed and got printed (by my friend John at Xardas) which is enroute at this moment.

I have a lot of coding work to get my motion editor back in shape well enough to use, and of course I have a bunch of electronics work to do, including getting a board together with the Hammer on it.

Exciting stuff!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

A Hammer for MicroRaptor

The good folks over at Tin Can Tools have kindly provided me with a Hammer kit to try out in one of my robots. I also got invited to give a talk at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose in April 2008, on "Three Mobile Linux Robots". The three robots are MicroSeeker, BrainBot, and MicroRaptor. MicroSeeker and BrainBot both run on a gumstix, and I was originally going to put one on MicroRaptor also, but decided to try out this Hammer board instead.

Its a pretty amazing little board - the size of a DIP-40, which is even smaller than a gumstix. The other real win is it actually plugs into a regular 0.1" DIP-40 socket, so you can use it with a solderless breadboard. On the left is a picture of the Hammer sitting next to one of my gumstix XL6P boards. The perspective of the image is funny, but its actually a bit narrower than the gumstix, and a lot shorter.

Anyways, I'll be documenting my progress here on this blog, as well as on the MicroRaptor project page on the Bioloid wiki. With any luck at all, MicroRaptor will be walking around completely autonomously by early April...