Servo 112004

An interesting note about our frame is that this is the first time our team had an actual frame. All of the other robots that I've built including combat robots have had exoskeletons. Why For one, exoskeletons are cool and I think that they are easier to work with. Even though what we had this year was the closest thing to a frame that we've worked with, we still used it essentially as an exoskeleton. The main things that attached to our frame were our body panels. Our frame didn't serve as a...

Steel

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Cpu Hardware

I decided to use the Handy Board (http handyboard.com) that Fred Martin designed. This board has many features that make it a nice starting platform. It has built-in motor controllers for up to four motors, Polaroid ultrasonic sensor controller, LCD display, battery-backed RAM, 40 kHz IR, two user push buttons, a user knob (pot), servo output, many sensor inputs, and all the libraries to drive these devices. Normally, it has built-in Ni-Cad batteries, which can drive most small motors. The...

Wiring

Using the Handy Board, the wiring is quite easy. Separate wires to each of the motors, the servo, the ultrasonic sensor, and all other sensors need to be run to the computer. The barrier strip is used as a breaking point for the motor wiring and the CdS sensors in such a way that, if something is changed later, the short wiring on the bottom bat is all that needs changing. All wires should be long enough to be attached to one of the stand-offs. Using a zip tie or other wrap will keep the wiring...

Figure 2

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Welcome to the third installment of Team 1079's second FIRST experience. This month, will cover the rest of the FIRST build-up to the competition. You've already been introduced to two team members Bryce Woolley and Justin Lyons and this article will come from the perspective of another team member. I'm Evan Woolley, twin brother of Bryce and co-captain of Team 1079. I'm a senior at Chaparral High School and have been involved in FIRST for two years. This article will focus on Team 1079's...

Figure

The vehicle only requires two motor controllers because each half of the vehicle should be controlled as one single unit. Think of the wheels of your four-wheel drive vehicle working like the tracks of a tank in that all the wheels on one side work together at all times. To go straight, all four motors are driven at the same speed and in the same direction. To create a slow, arching turn, both motors on one side of the robot are run faster than the motors on the other side. To cause...

Motors

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Titanium

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Chassis Assembly

I laid out the bottom bat to hold the motors and some sensors. The two holes needed to be large enough for the whole wheel to pass through, in addition to providing some clearance if the tires squish or flex. Cutting the plastic bat was done using a Dremel tool, but a saber saw with a fine toothed blade would have worked better. The plastic cuts very easily, even with coarse blades. Cutting at a slow speed to prevent the plastic from melting and gumming up the blade will actually be quicker. I...

Light Spider Robotik

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Heat Sink And Ground

By switching on the transistors or FETs in opposite corners of the H-bridge, you can cause the motor to run. If you turn off those transistors or FETs and turn on the other two, the motor will start running in the opposite direction. One additional thing that you can do is turn on the two top or two bottom transistors or FETs at the same time. This causes the motor's leads to be shorted together and will cause the motor to resist movement without your circuit having to...

The Yellow Book

Probably one of the more difficult tasks to go around. If you pick a motor that's not waterproofed and then you decide that you need to encapsulate it somehow in order to keep it dry, it's not an easy task. In contrast, it's easy to keep a camera dry, Barrows notes. There are no moving parts between the inside and outside and all you have to do is put enough epoxy around it to seal it off. However, the problem with most underwater motors is the rotating shaft. So most folks go to some kind of...

Software

Rov Manipulators

Most of the software to develop on the Handy Board is available on the Handy Board web page. The interactive C ICC compiler and all of the libraries and documentation for them are available. IC is available for Windows, DOS, Mac, and, of course, Unix including Linux. The libraries are loaded to the Handy Board using IC and all the memory is managed for the run time through IC. IC allows interactive testing. To test the motors with the robot up on blocks from an IC prompt, enter the C statement...

Team Technotrousers

Dan Rupert and Donald Engh, both engineers by degree, break away from the norm to take a different approach with their exoskeleton design by using the KISS strategy to an extreme.Their suit is a purely mechanical system based around an Acme screw drive.There are no hydraulics or pneumatics.Anticipating next year's Tetsujin competition, the team is already hard at work with their next generation suit, which will have more degrees of freedom than the current build. Dan started his career in...

Tech Tidbit

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About The Authors

Siemens SFH205f Wide Field Salvaged from computer mouse Tiny Red LEDs Tiny Green LEDs Tiny Red, Green, or Yellow LEDs Assorted, a few 470 Q - 1K And a few in the 1M - 10M range Assorted, 0.1 mF to 0.22 mF range Mouser 595-SN74AC240N Fairchild MM74AC240N Solarbotics 74AC240 Solarbotics IR1 Mouser 638-204HD Mouser 638-204GT Solarbotics TLED Two matched hobby gear motors with wheels Two recycled matched 'pancake' motors 4 AAA or 4 AA Battery Pack SPDT n c lever Switch Breadboard Generic Solderless...

Chassis Design

There were many considerations I put into the choice of the basic chassis. Over the years, I have built several autonomous robots many of them meant to be experimental platforms and some special purpose robots. I usually spent more time building than programming because I went overboard on some feature I thought I needed, but usually never used. I finally settled on a really basic design that is small and reliable. To the right Side view, showing the brass tubing bent over attached to the wheel...

Outside e mm

In last month's Robotics Resources, we talked about thinking outside the box, finding construction materials that at first glance don't look like suitable robot building parts. Whether it's a toy, a sewing accessory, or a piece of hardware designed for use in shelving, you could discover a great new use for something simply by looking beyond its intended use. Last month, we began with a look at out-of-the-ordinary materials, including transfer films, store fixtures one of my favorites , paper...

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Dan Danknick

Technical Editor of SERVO and Nuts amp Volts Dan Danknick is the architect of the Tetsujin 2004 event. As a long time fan of the comic book hero Iron Man, Dan has been intrigued by the good that strength augmentation suits could do for society for over 20 years. Residing in Southern CA, he is the Technical Editor of SERVO and Nuts amp Volts the culmination of a long history with the publishers. Dan holds the Tetsujin competitors in the highest regard for taking up his vision for this event and...

Roy Hellen

An icon in robot competitions, Roy Hellen is the SOZBOTS announcer. Wherever there is a cool event, Roy is sure to pop up though normally wearing a suit of medieval armor no joking . A resident of California's Bay Area, Roy currently works as a Product Manager for GDR, a geographical information service. In his free time, he likes to ride fast motorcycles and do other cool things like throw boomerangs and tinker in his electronics lab. Roy can be reached at roy botcast.com

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Tetsujin Exosuit

Note that times are subject to change, so check the Tetsujin area for last minute updates Wonder how those lift scores are calculated They come from a four-term formula that was disclosed early on to the competitors.This allowed them to maximize any of the terms they wished to for their unique designs. Lift Height cm Lifted Weight kg Lift time sec Total System Weight kg So, a 300 kg suit with operator lifting 300 kg the full meter in 2.2 seconds earns a score of 100 300 2.2 300 45.45...