Sunday, October 30

RAPTOR HACKING - WHATS HAPPENING NOW?

THE RAPTOR IS DEAD......LONG LIVE THE RAPTOR....
So I thought it was about time to get out some details on the status of EMMA.
The last week or so has been research and prototyping ideas in LEGO to see what the best possiable solution to the next stage of hacking will be.
One of the most overlooked aspects (IMHO) is total system intergration and placement.
Isnt it great when you go to put the great body shell on and the wheels dont fit (and their welded on hubs!) THen you have to take out the 9inch angle grinder and do plastic surgery to the bottom of your robot... problems with robots #37.

Anyway heres a list and breakdown of what we discovered in our THINK TANK
(last door on the left) down at the hack labs.


  • MOUTH OPENING OPERATIONAL DESIGNS.USE EXSITING TAIL POSTION MOTOR AND CABLE PLUS ADDTIONAL CABLE TO ADD LEFT RIGHT JAW OPENING.
  • FM TRANSMIT BOARD IN MOUTH FOR AUDIO OUTPUT.ADD SMALL RADIO TRANSMITER AND DIPOLE AEIRAL TO HEAD AND NECK,BOARD MOUNTED IN LOWER MOUTH OR UPPER HEAD SHELL, DIPOLE LOCATED IN TAIL AND NECK OR NECK AREA ALONE IF RECEPTION EXCCEDES 5-6 mtrs
  • AUGMENTED EYES REPLACEMENT REPLACE PLASTIC EYE PARTS WITH BICOLOR ANALOGUE CONTROLLED LED EYES.
  • IMPROVED IR AND LESS SPRUNG WEIGHT REMOVE THE HORNS TO REDUCE ATTACKABLE PARTS AND SPRUNG NECK WEIGHT, THIS ALSO LEAVES A SMALL GAP AT THE BASE OF THE ir HEAD SHEILD SO THAT MORE "EYE" LEVEL ir DATA CAN REACH THE HEAD.
  • STRUCTURAL REINFORCEMENT OF THE HEAD.ADD RESIN AND SHAFT SUPPORTS TO THE MOUTH PIVOT AND LOWER JAW TO STOP DAMAGE IN A BATTLE.
  • AUGMENT EXSISTING BUTTONS IN THE HEAD AND TAIL TO NEW SENSORS IN BODY AND HEAD
  • ADD ARTICULATED TAIL END WITH CONTROLLER INSTALL MINIRAPTOR TAIL PARTS INTO SHORTENED RAPTOR TAIL TO INCREASE THE ARTICULATION,ADD MOTOR AND CONTROLLER TO GIVE IT OWN MOTION LIKE A REAL LIZARD THAT DROPS ITS TAIL.
  • REMOVE EXSISTING ARMS NO PLANS TO ADD SYSTEMS YET JUST REMOVING POWER DRAINING ARS FROM THE NECK AS THE OUTH NOW DRAWS POWER FROM THE SAME MECHANICAL SYSTEM
  • TOUCH SKIN SENSOR AUGMENTATION UERATHANE FOAM RUBBER PANELS WITH INTERGRATED OFF THE SHELF SWITCHES FOR TACTILE INPUT TO REPLACE EXSITING BUTTON SENSORS IN HEAD AND TAIL

wELL THATS WHERE WE ARE UP TO, NOW WE HAVE A PLAN ON WHAT WEWANT TO ADD, HOW TO MAKE IT WORK AND HOW TO FIT IT ALL IN ITS TIME TO TAKE ALL THE DRAWINGS AND CONDENSE THEM INTO A UEABLE BLUEPRINT THAT WE CAN WORK FROM.

EXCPECT MORE ARTICLES ON THE SYSTEMS ETC SOON

BATTLERAPTORS UNLEASHED - http://battleraptors.blogspot.com/

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