I am UncleBob and this is my blog. It covers the latest humanoid robot development worldwide. I will also post my robotic projects and competitions. You can also find my tutorials on how to program the Bioloid Humanoid robot and create your own custom gait.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The history DARwIn and RoMeLa

The Bioloid Darwin will be available for retail for the first time in a couple of weeks. I must say I wasn't too excited at first until I ran into some old youtube video below.

The Darwin project starts in 2004. Then the Darwin IIa in 2005. Prof Dennis Hong gave the presentation below with Darwin doing amazing thing even in 2007. That was three years ago I cannot imagine how much improvement is in the 2010 version.

The Darwin uses LabView as a platform. As the video say it should allow easy programming to a layman like me.

I am overly impressed with how we can interact with the robot and its ability to play game. The Darwin can communicate with human with sign and play the game of dice. This is a very big step toward human talking to us in a house, able to understand voice and playing a game of e.g. chess or boardgame with us in the future. It opens a whole new door toward having a truely human like robot companion in the house, talking to us, doing things human do and help us. It seems Romela is setting a very solid platform toward this direction.

I did some digging to find out about LabView. It seems to be a window based application that uses graphical interface for programming. LabView makes parallel processing easy. I guess we can run LabView on a PC then tether it with our Bioloid.

The long presentation by Professor Dennis Hong.

The Darwin use feedback from the servos for walking and hand shake. The Bioloid Premium has sensors and gyros but they are not ultilise enough. I am very interested to see how Romela is able to better ulitlise the sensors and perhaps teach us how we can apply this to the Bioloid Premium.

Knight Templar II Explain

Here is the list of parts you can order from the shop if you want to build something similiar.

FRS-B-RX24F - Dyanmixel RX-24F Robot Actuator x 12 
M-300-B-FR07-H101K - RX-24F/M-300-B-FR07-H101K Hing Frame Set x 10 
M-300-B-FR07-S101K - RX-24F/M-300-B-FR07-S101K Side Frame Set x 12 
CM-700 - CM-700 Robotis Servo Controller x 1 
LN-101 - LN-101 USB Downloader x 1 
AX12+ Servos x 6 
Zig Bee remote and receiverSome plastics brackets for the arm 
Custom made feet, and body plate. (You can find information on this from the other post in this blog.)

Then basically you just spend like 30hours screw the whole thing together.

P.S. The right knee servo is having noise as you notice from the video. This servo is the most heavily use since it start walking with the right step. I will take apart the servo and hopefully put some lubricant to see if it solve it. It is nolonger loose anymore. I hope nothing permanent is done to it. If it is then I will swap with it with the left arm servo