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Bioloid Comprehensive Robot Kit

By: on March 17, 2014
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Though Boston Dynamics sets a very high bar with their spastically brilliant WildCat, Robotis still maintains its Bioloid Comprehensive is "not an average robot kit." And given the pretty penny they're asking for it, it damn well better not be. I see from the above video that the humanoid incarnation can do pushups, which I'll grant is pretty sweet. But I also expect at least 12 of the 26 possible robots the set can construct to be able to make me a grilled cheese sandwich. And cut the crusts off.

The DIY Bioloid robots center around "smart serially controlled servos," parts capable not only of switching between positioning and full continuous rotation, but also of providing their commandeer with access to sensory feedback. This includes the position, speed, temperature, current draw, and voltage of each servo. (I take this to mean I'll have a pair of perfectly buttered-and-toasted, crustless bread slices and a cheese center melted bubbly and evenly in 8 minutes or less.)

In addition to its robotic hardware, the Bioloid Comprehensive Kit comes with GUI-based freeware, meaning the software is downloadable on multiple computers. So the Bioloid brand of robot construction is ideal for educational and research purposes in addition to recreational use. Each Comprehensive Kit includes:

  • 1 x Bioloid CM-5 mcu (Atmel ATMega128) controller
  • 18 x Dynamixel AX-12+ serially controlled servos
  • 1 x Dynamixel AX-S1 sensor module
  • 1 x Rechargeable NiMh battery pack (9.6V)
  • 2 x Programming Utilities (freeware)
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