Monday, December 19


The chop shop has come back with the latest news from the parts sourcing adventures with some new brains and a supply of parts from several sources.
Ive removed the rcx brain from its plastic cranium and am preparing to mount it to the top of the raptor where the original brain was-is ? to give me easy acsess to the new ports.
The original brain will be mounted to the torso where the batteries are-were.... and hopefully will be acssesable via the old compartmaent door, allowing hotwiring of new sensors.
The batteries will be condensed into a smaller holder most likely a four cell 2x2 shape AA holder in the tail with two AA batteries mounted in the front of the torso area to help offset the weight of the new tail section and batteries.
a built in charger will be installed with a isolation switch to prevent damage to the circuits.
The Head is no longer the same with all the extra weight stripped to accomadate more sensors and motors for the battle raptor hacks including a fully controlable outh for combat.
two types of mouth could be used .snapping turtle or crushing snake.
with one allowing many repeated attacks and the later allowing a lock type jaw.
a new control interface combining both the exsisting raptor control and new control hardware will have to be built and a homoginized solution to control developed.


Just as a bit of fun Ive replaced my mini V2 head with one of its arms while I add stuff to the head ( which is held together by four glued pins).
Im also taking out the motor as its the same as the mini V1 giving two motors that arent that big and have gears inside already.
ill keep you posted.

Friday, December 16


Has any one noticed how terms used in electronics and computers to describe parts and problems are often echoed in slang and jargan around the streets and offices for mental disorders as well...
does this mean we all have to be a little bit crazy to work with thinks so.

FRIED-what happens when you leave your memory stick on the speaker.
TWISTED-the only way a lan cable will work is when its got two of them.
COOKED -what you do to your robot if you leave it in the sun.
WIRED-What you have to be to hack robots for fun.

Saturday, December 10

mouth hack final idea

Well heres the final design for the raptor mouth hack.
As you can see it is basicly a spring and short cable running to the same attachment point as the exsisting mouth cable just on the left side of the neck in the main body.
You may need to drill a hole or strip the raptor down to get to it but with fine tuning its a working mouth hack to give right side biting.

Thursday, December 1


I went down to my local dick smith store today to get some cable connectors not expecting to see the new viper kits on the shelves, I had made a phone call to them yesterday and they didnt think they would be here before christmas.
I was right there was none on the shelves, But one of the guys I know there came up from the back room with a box hidden under his arm. he glanced around quietly then slid the box towards me side on so i couldnt read it :)
He looked at me and said, hey - would you be interested in this....
I could tell by the look on my wifes face who could see the front of the box , that it was the viper kit from microbric...the time had come...
any way bottom line is my v2 at kmart has been taken off order and mario is matching the price on it as he got some in as well and hes throwing in a full set of batteries for the robot and controller.
and i put the viper on lay away, and preordered the line tracking modules for it to make it more fun.
The kit looks really good and includes the cable a full remote control (ir) cd rom software, the components and the screwdriver you need to put it all together.
With advanced projects featured much like mindstorms on the back of the box its safe to assume that these kits are aimed at the higher end robotics people first followed by the schools and kids into gadgets.
The packaging actually surprised me as its much better then i thought it would be and includes a plastic parts holder like the one inside the lego mindstorm boxes.
The blue punch out boards are a delight over the normal color kits, and the alloy look wheels give it that real "im a serious robot look, it will be fun to see how fast it goes.
The maind processor is a standard PIC chip, ut gone is the ic socket seen on the earlier gree moduales.
see previous post for an idea of where this kits pedigree comes from.
no idea where im getting the dollars to get it off hold but ill hock the kids if I have to...
Ill do a full reveiw for you as soon as I get the kit.
never not soon enough......
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