Electronics Control

I will be using 32 servo motor controller boards - the generic Ebay kind. So basically, I will have a main pc - a mini fanless pc to be exact - which will be mounted inside the chest of the robot. Then I will have this pc hooked up by USB to a series of ten 32-servo motor controller boards. This will give me a total of around 300 servo motors I can control - which should be enough for the whole bot's muscular system to operate. In order to connect by USB to all ten servo motor boards, I will use a USB breakout adapter so that a single USB port on the PC will be able to fork 10 ways to send 10 signals to each of the 10 different servo controller boards. The PC will do all the calculations of where all the different servos need to be and it will tell them where to go. The servo motor controller boards will update the PC with their progress. The PC will also connect by USB to a series of Arduino boards which will interface with pressure sensors placed throughout the robot's body which will be able to detect when it is touching something, how much strain is being put on its muscle fibers, etc. Using this information is can gauge its balance, the weight of objects it is grabbing, whether it is bumping into something or tripping over something, etc. The same PC will also connect by USB to webcam eyeballs. This will enable the PC to use computer vision to detect objects and interpret its surroundings. The same PC will also connect to an arduino, again, by USB, which will connect to a sonar device. This will enable the robot to detect distances to its surrounding walls and objects, which will provide context and assistance to his computer vision for depth perception capabilities.


 
 
 
 
 
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