Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:28 pm Post subject: Bioloid (20 DOF) with N900 head
The contrustction of my bioloid with N900 head and control unit has been almost completed. I will post some photos of my work.
- Bioloid Premium, Type A
- 20 DOF (2 additional servos for the head)
- Head and control unit using Nokia N900 (running Maemo)
- Second LiPo
- External power adapter plug
- Button to switch between battery and power adapter mode
Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:43 pm Post subject: N900 capabilities
The N900 is a very potent development platform. It runs Linux and there is a SDK to access certain parts of the hardware like the 3 axis accelerator.
Here are some of the specs:
- TI OMAP 3430: ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz
- Up to 1GB of application memory (256 MB RAM, 768 MB virtual memory
- 3-axis accelerometer
- 5.0MP (2,584×1,938), f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Tessar lens (rear camera)
- Micro USB connector for charging or host mode
- WLAN 802.11 b/g
- Bluetooth 2.1
- Proximity Sensor
So far I installed ROS on it and can access the camera. I wrote a library to access the Robotis servos in C++ in will port them to ROS. That development was done for an insect type robot, which I build previously using the Bioloid kit and Phoenix Spider base. Finally I didn't like the result much (to heavy and bulky).
I did mount a pico mainboard on my bioloid humanoid before and an additional battery, webcam and voltage converter, but I also found the design to heavy, so I finally switched to the N900.
BTW: The N900 is connected to the USB to Dynanixel adapter, but I removed the Serial portion, since I don't need it.
Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:02 am Post subject: FTDI latency
I was working on the FTDI latency issue yesterday and integrated some libftdi code in my PC (Ubuntu) code to change the latency setting. I couldn't find the libftdi package for the N900 pre-build and looked for an easy alternative. And I didn't like the idea of having this FTDI low level code in my library.
I read that the FTDI driver parameters in Windows can be easily changed using the device manager. I was wondering if a similar possibility would be available in Linux?
Finally I found out, that some of the FTDI parameters in Linux are available in the sys filesystem, including the latency timer.
I could easily retrieve and set the latency timer in this file, without having to include FTDI low level coding in my program:
Nokia-N900-51-1:~# cat /sys/devices/platform/musb_hdrc/usb1/1-1/1-1:1.0/ttyUSB0/latency_timer
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