Monday, October 31

MOUTH CONTROL HACK

what we did now...
took the mouth cable off by drilling a hole in the chassis above the retaining screw, and undoing it.then we turned it (the control cable) around so the plastic cap (mouth end) is on the body end and attached to the chassis by passing back though the hole.
now the metal ring (body) goes to the head.
motion control to the mouth will activate now to the right via tail motor.
left motion will work by adding new cable to the right side of the tail ball joint assembly , action will work from left right tail swing.


sprocket
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Sunday, October 30

DIVINE INTERVENTION VIA SPAM

EXTRACT FROM SOME SPAM I RECEIVED, IT RELATES TO THE
COMMUNICATION PROJECT (IRONIC ISNT IT...)THIS WAS PART OF A CHARACTER STRING USED TO TRICK THE SPAM
ROBOTS.
THERE WAS ALSO REFERANCE TO A DOOR BUT OPENS ONCE STUFF AND HEAPS OF THINGS LIKE THE PILOT IS OUT SURFING....
MORE WEIRD.....

EXTRACT "This program is not intended as a miracle program. It is meant to be a bridge--the
bridge from real objects to 2-dimensional photos. It is meant to allow the students
to hear the words repeatedly and then in context. It is meant to help start the
students talking. This program is not the finished end product, it is a tool. You, the
teacher, parent or therapist, are the best communicators. When your student or
child looks at you as if to say please Teach Me To Talk use this program as part
of the process..But, I spent the next three weeks making a piece of simple software for her son to
her specifications. While I was at it, I put 4-8 pictures on the screen as well. The
simple program was finished and ready for her child to see. As I was presenting it,
the other children in my classroom were pushing each other to get to the computer
screen to touch that Touch Window and hear the word spoken again and again. I
looked at these kids and was amazed. There was no music, no animation, nothing
cute about this program at all, just real pictures with real words. I was stunned. I
just watched the children. Within 10 minutes, several children who had never said
a word in their life, made approximations of several words. I was hooked..
freaky....
SPROCKET www.sprocketslog.blogspot

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/

Thursday, October 27

MOTORMOUTH

prototype idea 001
note external is for refrence only, atching linkage will be fitted to inside mouth if possible
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NEW KID ON THE POND

FROM THE TILODEION PERIOD

The
ROBOGOANNA
featuring advanced predetor behavior.

this version was able to leap on to the kitchen bench ,pinch the bacon,and then make a beeline to the back door ,often not stoping for anyone to open it...
sadly this one got smart and upgraded to a C64

and now spends its time drinking coke, eating nachos and wathing pretty fractal line patterns dance around to the beat of mike oldfield`s tubular bells cranking from an old TV set.
what he dosnt know is his tail is getting docked soon...

two roboraptors running in the bush come across a set of traks..
one says to the other, so do you reckon these are robopet tracks?
NO says the other, they look like sapien tracks..
a bitter fight ensures , and while they are arguing they get hit by a train...
moral of the story...dont play in the bush with a roboraptor cause you might get hit by a train...and just your luck it will be driven by an abio.
more weird....

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HEAD ROBORAPTOR DOA

THIS IS NOT GOOD CAPTAIN.
I DONT THINK IT CAN TAKE MUCH MORE.
Your looking at a raptor skull with the micro brain intact, the main brain in this advanced breed exsists inside the torso giving it better defence against head attacks.
if you get this far take the board out and look at the other side its easier to read the second lot of screen printing on the back...;)

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THE FITH ELEMENT

Less then perfect, she was actually the runt of the litter ,ironicly like her name sake "lelu" she is a very affectionate animal just like in the movie.
puppy.woof woof
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Wednesday, October 26

MIND GAMES


WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS...
If there is a fine line between madness and insanity,
is it drawn in pen or pencil ?
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RAPTOR CONTROL IDEAS

My mate Tempusmaster over at robotdreams has posted this article up about control "suit" for controlling a robot instead of a hand control.
Im thinking of a tilt switch type control that fits in your hand, while not the same its got some simularitys.
check out

http://www.robots-dreams.com/2005/10/zap_pow_slam_co.html
for his artucle and a video etc.
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Tuesday, October 25

GROUND CONTROL..MAJOR


TOO MUCH TV MAKES YOU GO BLIND, AS DOES READING BLOGS. NUFF.SAID Posted by Picasa

HERES THE BEST SKIN YOU CAN GET


Your own....
dont ride in a tshirt unless you want to know what its like to get sandpapered with a bag of gravel while you tumble around inside a clothes dryer...
been there done that.. just not the gravel.
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CHOMPER COMES OUT OF PHASE

Hey ever seen bukaroo banzi ? well i have..
Heres a idea of your last nanosecond in reality before you get sucked up your own urananus`s...is that right..
which reminds me of the fact that some geek found some rock in space again and called it a planet and some other science dude says some planets arnt planets at all ,cause their too small, so what is it ?
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JUST AMAZING

This is a maze I knocked up, (well it did want the baby)
Its made up of arrows for the walls, and the shadows are actually impossiable with an optical illusion happening
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TWIN CELL POWER PLANT

This is a kawasaki 500 something or other.. but i do know the motor is the same as my gpz just this one is detuned :P
spare parts..
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HOW NOW BROWN COW

This is my brothers calf. i cant remember what he calls it. i call it lunch or at least Ill give it a roasting to find its real name...
hmm (hey i never said this blog was vegetarian)
sprocket2cog...more beef less fat
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Roachs Ride

Well it looks like this is the ultimate beam robot... I mean come on, its a madagascan cockroach riding a robot frame...what is it art, tech a waste of space...
let the maker, Garnet Hertz`s theisis tell you..
http://www.conceptlab.com/control
QUOTE: Are there other similar things you've heard of on a "folk" level... just ordinary people making stuff?Although I haven't seen this in person, I've heard of people constructing "bug kites" which consist of attaching several June Bugs (Phyllophaga crinita) onto a paper or balsa airplane. Some more details about this can be seen at http://www.craftygal.com/archives/november/table1100.htm. I have also seen fly-powered airplanes - you can actually buy them at http://www.flypower.com/. It is important to note a distinction between this project and these june bug / housefly projects: these projects involve permanently attaching the insects to the device, and therefore killing them.Posted by Picasa
So come on some one make one

Monday, October 24

idea for audio override design

"knitsu" audio bypass circuit.
heres some ideas -ive nicknamed the audio bypass after knitsu at solarbotics.
single transistor single led load pickup VDU ,or a single light audio volume meter.
that takes up the load from the amp in the raptor.
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CALLING ALL ROBOTS CALLING ALL ROBOTS..

This is a spybot, cool ha? theres four colors and designs all the same boby just diffrent legs, 5 channel control with three "modes"
cabable of leaping tall buildings with a single bound...(well tall lego buildings)
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THE EVIL DEAD....WRAITH RAPTOR


In jungle growth it rustles,like misty fog it comes.
Creeky electric muscles as it runs, comes the wraith raptor,runs the wired raptor wraith.

internet musings inc.

heres a shot of my RR without any eyes.FREAKY
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Sunday, October 23

NEW HACK -SCANNER LAMP

Heres a lamp I knocked up to take better photos inside the raptor, its constructed from scanner parts, a 12v batt pack and machine vice for the base.
The arm is the guide rail for the scanner head.

the pully cable inside matches the stuff for the raptor pulley system in the neck, so spare parts or to add a powered mouth.
keep ya posted as Im hacking the head today so expect some new stuff next week.
sprocket.
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Saturday, October 22

THE RAT CAME BACK THE VERY NEXT DAY...

It wouldnt stay away, that pesky roborat.
My latest parts..um err raptor is "NIP" short for no internal parts :P
Im going to hack him (yes this ones a him)for parts for the big girl and with whats left over..well ive got a project for that in the future ....grrrrrrr.
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COOL CARS

nice aussie collectable cars. holdens and fords.
games world rockingham
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HERE KITTY KITTY

This is EMMA (raptor) stalking my cat, tabatha.
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THE CUPBOARD WAS BARE..

Heres my local target store, not much but there is a nice set of red and blue RS1s there, as well as some jouiners :)
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Wednesday, October 19

ROBOSAPIEN V2 ARRIVES

If your looking for the latestnews from the boys (and girls) in the know, check out this blog for late breaking news.
www.robotsrule.com/robosapien-blog/blogger.html

Latest news and facts as they come out and maybe even a quest post from me from time to time.
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GAP CROSSER PROJECT

Heres an early gap crosser that i made that can turn in its own footprint even if that is huge! 53 inchs
It could free cross a 23 inch gap with out any support.
it had front and rear drive wheels to drag it up a edge on the other side, a center light switch and front light switch to test if the gap was too big and a rear sensor to stop it when it got there.

SCORPION ROAMS FREE



This is one of my earlier insect style robots I built.
Featuring touch and light sensors it used chaos style programing to make it do realy wierd stuff with its own actions like triggering really brite lights to trigger its self.
Some of its movements looked like a bee dancing and it sounded like a cicada when its motors switched on and off like an oscilator.

SEE MORE PHOTOS

Tuesday, October 18

LOOKING FOR ELECTRIC SHEEP?



One of the better robot hack sites i vist, well layed out with a range of obscure hacks and kits from all over the world.
http://www.robots-dreams.com/
check his cool informative site if you want to find more advanced ideas for projects.
With focus on lego aibo robosapien and more, he also has implemented some cool software for use with the sapien using your pc and a ir adaptor to send the pulses.
cool stuff, hope to work with him soon on some projects.

SMART SENSORS DUMB BRAINS

A preamble on brainless robots.


CASCADING MULTI STAGE ANALOGUE TIMING CIRUCTS

With most modern robots being augmented by adding more powerful micro processors and more complex sensors, often requiring their own daughter board, just to process their signals to a useable format, Their is growing concern that robot hacking may not be achivable by the average joe.
To address this need, plug and perform sensors that supply a standard analoge signal that could be processed using tranistorised circuts, relays and manual switching need to be developed to make the augmentation a simple affair. These sensors should be transistorized not chip circuts for facilitating domestic repairs. A further benifit of this system would be cross robot sensor placements making for cheaper operating costs if you need to have a robot end effecttor, specific to your needs.These effectors would be cabable of triggering from exsisting sensors in the droid but then perform on their own using simple circuts giving the required feedback to perform complex functions. Staged commands would be "coded" by hardwired timers like 555 chips so that if a circut fails a semi skilled operator could jump the problem with a trace by utilizing spare transistor nuerons.

RAPTOR AUGMENTATION PROJECT


WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY.
Well here she is, the EMMA project is gaining momentium, and a lot of extra parts now.
She now includes a cage over the mother board, extra external sensor bay, and Im working on the eyes as can be seen in the last post.
Im off to hck so later peep`s.
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