Once on a time there lived one male in one galaxy. In childhood he saw Star Wars by George Lucas and fell in adore with a movie. Since that time he had dreamt to emanate a drudge like in a movie. But adult life worries swept divided a dream from his memory for 25 years.
In 2015 a prolonged awaited supplement of a illusory tale was released, yet with new actors and a new truth of a Walt Disney’s Studio. Our fan saw once again his favorite robots and satisfied it was time to emanate something of a kind. That was George Fomichev – owner and personality of a robotics startup Endurance.
So how did it all start?
With growth of a SelfieBot robot, that has been open-source given Apr of 2016, and any chairman can make his/ her drudge now underneath a Endurance technology.
SelfieBot is a personal robot. Anybody can arrange it regulating inexpensive electronics, module and firmware of Endurance. The large fact is that we can unequivocally use it as a unsentimental phone hilt for video promote or video recording. The device ability to spin after we is also a large plus. This Google API formed duty is called follow me.
There are countless ways of regulating a device, though let’s go behind to a Bb8…
To arrange it we need a 3D printer.
We use a WanHao Duplicator i3. It’s utterly suitable for PLA printing.
You also need to be peaceful to see into a drudge schematics to be means to arrange a circuit board. You can, of course, to arrange all on a bread board, though we use a circuit board. It’s some-more reliable.
So, let’s download a processed Bb8 indication for printing.
And 3D imitation it, carrying formerly increasing a indication to a preferred size.
We’ll need about 500 g of PLA.
We sequence all a required wiring on Ebay or Aliexpress… You can also buy it in any radio and wiring store. But there it is most some-more expensive. There’s also an choice to buy an Endurance processed pack of wiring for $95. It will save we time and nerves.
Then, we delicately arrange a circuit house as it is described on a website.
Then we upload a firmware. To do it for Arduino see a Endurance website (contacts below).
What do we have now? A prepared physique and electronics.
To control a Bb8 we’ll need an Android phone. Any one will do with a OS 4.1.x or higher.
Then, download a app and implement it on a phone.
After that, span a phone Bluetooth with that of a Bb8 electronics.
Now we can check a automatic partial of a device and see if a servos stagger and all works.
Then not utterly a pardonable work starts. Because we have 3D printed a Bb8 physique neglecting a middle regulating system. That is a minus, of course, though not a large deal. Let’s make prepared a middle regulating system.
For this we use a cosmetic or acrylic basis.
Now it is required to bind adult a servos in such a approach that they could stagger in dual planes and one servo upheld a other. For this we make a coupling rigging drawing.
The given construction is not technologically ideal though it works.
Now we have to arrange all together.
Connect a 12 V power. Start a app on a phone, and here we are – a demo mode operating, to check if all works.
The drudge starts branch a head.
Well, let’s cruise that we’ve finished good for beginners of a DIY SelfieBot project.
Next time we can:
- Try to gloss a drudge physique and make it some-more beautiful;
- Make some kind of apron or defense in a connection of a drudge conduct and body;
- Try to make a drudge quiter.
But it’s another story for a subsequent article.
Meanwhile, we remind we that we are really acquire to join a DIY SelfieBot program. It’s open – source. Accessories are inexpensive. For we to make your possess robot. Perhaps, someone will make a drudge on a basement of R2D2 or C3PO.
We are happy to announce that 6 universities have already corner a DIY SelfieBot program.
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