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My first Humanoid Robot - what to get?

Post by LedaSwann » Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:45 pm

Post by LedaSwann
Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:45 pm

I am looking to buy my first humanoid robot build set and am looking at the following products:

* Robotis - Bioloid (beginner kit)
* Robobuilder - RQ-HUNO
* RoboBuilder 5710K (standard edition)
* RoboBrothers RoboPhilo

I was hoping I could get some advice on what to go for? This is what I'm after:

I want to spend under £400 (£500 at a push).
I have programming experience and would prefer something that has the option to be programmed in a non-graphical manner, eg in something such as C.
I have very little electronics/mechanics experience and am looking for something that would give me more exposure to these areas.

I understand a kit in this price range isn't going to result in a robot that can do everything - I'm after something with enough scope to keep me busy for a while (without having to buy expensive add-on kits), but not so complex it scares me off!

While something extendable would be nice, if I do get into it I wouldn't mind having to start again with a different product to build something with more range.

Any advice/recommendations gratefully received :)
I am looking to buy my first humanoid robot build set and am looking at the following products:

* Robotis - Bioloid (beginner kit)
* Robobuilder - RQ-HUNO
* RoboBuilder 5710K (standard edition)
* RoboBrothers RoboPhilo

I was hoping I could get some advice on what to go for? This is what I'm after:

I want to spend under £400 (£500 at a push).
I have programming experience and would prefer something that has the option to be programmed in a non-graphical manner, eg in something such as C.
I have very little electronics/mechanics experience and am looking for something that would give me more exposure to these areas.

I understand a kit in this price range isn't going to result in a robot that can do everything - I'm after something with enough scope to keep me busy for a while (without having to buy expensive add-on kits), but not so complex it scares me off!

While something extendable would be nice, if I do get into it I wouldn't mind having to start again with a different product to build something with more range.

Any advice/recommendations gratefully received :)
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Post by PedroR » Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:09 pm

Post by PedroR
Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:09 pm

Hi LedaSwann

From reading your post, I believe Robobuilder 5710 would be an option that meets your needs:

- The Bioloid beginner is very limited (it has only 4 servos) and therefore there's a stong limitation on what you can do.

- The Robobuilder includes 16 servos and can build a full humanoid.
It can also be extended at a later stage if you want to, so you can start with a small investment and upgrade it over time

- More importantly there is a LOT of programming information for the Robobuilder 5710:

. There are the .Net libraries and Serial protocol if you want to do things on the PC side.

. There are also extensive resources for programming the Robot in C: there is the original code from Robobuilder and a modified community ("homebrew") firmware version which you can use.

. There is also BASIC, the DCMP firmware, ...

Information about all of these options can be found on the Robobuilder page on our store ( http://robosavvy.com/store/5710k )
Scroll down and you'll find a Documentation / Resources section there with pointers to all of this.


RQ-HUNO is also a good option. It doesn't yet have such a strong community support but the CD that comes with very good resources:
RQ-HUNO includes instructions for using MSRDS, includes sample C code for programming in WinARM, sample JAVA code for building an Android control app and also supports the serial protocol.
You can download the RQ-HUNO CD, from the RQ HUNO product page as well, to see what's included.

Both Robobuilders would be suitable but there is a stronger community support for the 5710K at the moment, because it's been around for longer.

Kind Regards
Pedro.
Hi LedaSwann

From reading your post, I believe Robobuilder 5710 would be an option that meets your needs:

- The Bioloid beginner is very limited (it has only 4 servos) and therefore there's a stong limitation on what you can do.

- The Robobuilder includes 16 servos and can build a full humanoid.
It can also be extended at a later stage if you want to, so you can start with a small investment and upgrade it over time

- More importantly there is a LOT of programming information for the Robobuilder 5710:

. There are the .Net libraries and Serial protocol if you want to do things on the PC side.

. There are also extensive resources for programming the Robot in C: there is the original code from Robobuilder and a modified community ("homebrew") firmware version which you can use.

. There is also BASIC, the DCMP firmware, ...

Information about all of these options can be found on the Robobuilder page on our store ( http://robosavvy.com/store/5710k )
Scroll down and you'll find a Documentation / Resources section there with pointers to all of this.


RQ-HUNO is also a good option. It doesn't yet have such a strong community support but the CD that comes with very good resources:
RQ-HUNO includes instructions for using MSRDS, includes sample C code for programming in WinARM, sample JAVA code for building an Android control app and also supports the serial protocol.
You can download the RQ-HUNO CD, from the RQ HUNO product page as well, to see what's included.

Both Robobuilders would be suitable but there is a stronger community support for the 5710K at the moment, because it's been around for longer.

Kind Regards
Pedro.
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