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Robotics Using FPGAs

This category of blog posts is about developing algorithms to control a 17 Degrees-of-Freedom (DOF) robot using a Field Programmable Gate Array,

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In my last blog post, on the 17 Degrees-of-Freedom (DOF) Biped Robot in Robotics using FPGAs, I expressed my slight concern about the stability of the robot due to the four screws protruding out of the Robot's footbase. The screws are used to attach each footbase to a multi-functional servo bracket. This lead me to take a break from the assembly and see what I could do about it.

 What I discovered while designing the "shoes" is that it could be possible to redesign all of the robot parts in a Computer Aided Design (CAD) package and create a 3D printed robot like Intel's Jimmy the 21st Century Robot. However before I got too carried away with designing a 3D printed robot I firstly designed the "shoes" and the method I used to design this covering, using AutoCAD, is the subject of this blog post.

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I had time last weekend to begin assembling the skeleton of the 17 Degrees-of-Freedom (DOF) robot. For this build I decided to start the assembly with the feet and build  my way upwards. Why start with the feet? Well because, as explained in my previous post, the kit I bought did not come with an instruction manual and building from the bottom up seemed to make sense, to me anyway.

However, as it turned out the build is easier than one is first led to believe, as it soon becomes obvious what parts should be connected to what. This blog post is the first part, of what might turn out to be many, which describe my assembly of the 17 DOF robot.

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Hello and welcome to another one of my scientific computing journeys. This time it is into the world of Robotics and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). I've been toying with the idea of building a FPGA controlled robot for quite some time now, but I have not really been motivated by the four wheel chassis ones available on the market. By chance on Tuesday I came across a 17 Degrees of Freedom (DOF) Biped Robot Educational Kit, from Ali Express, for peanuts.

Now normally I would be suspicious of a potentially good kit for the price being offered, however given the recent news about Ali Express' 100 Billion Euro stock market floatation I convinced myself that they must be doing something right, so I took the plunge and bought one.

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Bought the book "Intermediate Robot Building" by David Cook to delve deeper into the world of robotics.

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