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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Remote-Controlled Dave » Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:01 am

You need a way if removing power from ALL robots, either by removable link or by access to the battery plug.

I guess EDF fans should failsafe the same way any 'spinner' has to too.
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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Lincoln » Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:21 pm

Smartfanzz has finaly parsed a full 3 minute test whith out braking. :)
The rest of the team is just wating for Saturday.

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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Lincoln » Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:41 pm

Smart Ant 5!!!
still work in progress
going back to a flipper with a new powerful servo
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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Lincoln » Thu May 26, 2016 9:00 pm

After months of development, the latest and greatest creation by the RobotMad team is complete. ish...
a single PCB capable of all a truly "smart" ant could need.
battery inputs from 10v to 3.3v
reverse polarity protection
gyro and accelerometer to correct out of balance motor pairs.
bluetooth le 4.0 (yes we decided to give bluetooth a go, again)
any external receiver is compatible (dsm2)
usb host (by a usb micro ab plug) (can also power the device)
4 led status lights
dives 2 motors and countless servos or other digital outputs like external esc's
all powered by an arm m0+ processor
all in only a 21mm by 28mm package

there is a possibility of us selling some if anyone is interested
now i said ish at the beginning as we have nearly no code for it, and have no idea if this has all been a waste of time and a lot of money
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the bluetooth module is not fitted in the image
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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Rapidrory » Thu May 26, 2016 9:12 pm

Damn that's compact. That hand soldered or do you get a company to assemble them?
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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Lincoln » Thu May 26, 2016 9:14 pm

it is so small that it is impossible to solder by hand so the pcb is made and assembled by pcb train
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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby joey_picus » Thu May 26, 2016 10:25 pm

I'd definitely be interested in one or two, largely because I can never have enough weird speed controllers :) how much would you be looking for for them?
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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby EpicentrE » Fri May 27, 2016 8:15 am

Very impressive! The gyro and accelerometer functions look very interesting indeed. What's the specs of the motor drivers? Think you might sell them with a receiver pre-attached? Can the pins on the underside be easily removed to save space?
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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Lincoln » Fri May 27, 2016 2:30 pm

price: dont have one yet depends on how much of a full on package we make
the connectors on the bottom are surface mount and very small so nearly no hand soldering is possible but we have some unpopulated boards that we could get made without the connectors however the bluetooth goes in the pads that you see in the second image adding a bit more to the size package
the receiver, other than the bluetooth, are on a connection through the right hand side connector meaning any satellite style receiver can be used.
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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Lincoln » Tue Aug 30, 2016 3:24 pm

So, the new control boards now have had some progress to the point where we got a robot to work in time for aws 50 but has not had much progress since as all are robots were brutally destroyed by spinners at aws 50, but most will just be rebuilt with slight improvements. but hopefully we will get some more work done on the code to realy give you an idea of how much this tiny little thing can do!

as for are latest creation, it will hopefully be a walking flea with the same servo as in smart and 5 to make a very powerful flipper, and will have an identical twin to make a ant walker cluster because why not.
As we now have some more interesting armor options, like stainless steel and aluminum the new robot should withstand spinners pretty well, or at least that's the idea. Just have to see if i can get it in weight as are stainless steel is about 3 times heavier than are polycarb.

Not sure if people really want another build log on the forums? But if you do i will try harder to keep this page updated with the latest information from the RobotMad team.
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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Reala » Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:01 pm

Lincoln wrote:Not sure if people really want another build log on the forums? But if you do i will try harder to keep this page updated with the latest information from the RobotMad team.


I've really been enjoying yours - please keep it as updated as you can =)

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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Lincoln » Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:49 pm

progress on the walking mechanism has been my main goal today along with trying to workout how to fit it in the cube
hear is the walking system so far, brightly colored so i can actually see what part is what
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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby peterwaller » Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:01 pm

Yes it is always interesting to see what other people are doing especially when its groundbreaking like your electronics module.

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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby Lincoln » Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:10 pm

after deciding that the main problem with the last design of mechanism was the fact it only had 2 legs i started development of the second edition of the walking mechanism this time with 4 legs per side
possibly the smallest walking mechtanium in antwights and flea's (as this is technically for a flea)
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will print this soon and then either redesign or refine to make version 3, probably the most prototyped robot we have done ever
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Re: The smart ant's and flea's

Postby AntRoboteer » Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:38 pm

Hope that all works out; it looks awesome!

I use a similar system of a sliding rail on Sir Stampfoot (although with only 1 leg on each side) so I think that looks like a solid improvement. I'm really looking forward to seeing it. :D


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