- Aug 27, 2013Hello. I've been in BEAM for a while and decided this would be a better
place to discuss higher level robotic control.
I tend to design my control circuits as a hierarchy, typically using
BEAM circuitry to interface the microcontroller with the body in a
dynamic, power-efficient manner. One concept I've developed is to
integrate BEAM Nv cores into the motor driver circuitry, so that the
extra circuitry doesn't consume any additional, but the computer can
also be in sleep mode so long as the robot does not encounter a
situation that requires computer control to solve. This can be
accomplished by using a simple neural circuit to monitor sensor inputs
and spike when those inputs alter significantly, perhaps even according
to a weight or condition set by the computer. Solar engines also make a
nice addition. The goal is to minimize average power consumption and
thus maximize efficiency and operating life.
I'm not working on any projects of my own right now, but I do want to
ask, does anyone know anything about how Tekno the Robotic Puppy works?
If it weren't for a few stripped screws, I'd know already. I've seen the
main circuit diagram, but it doesn't give an accurate serial number for
the microcontroller, all I know is it's a 22 pin chip, so I'll have to
wait until I get a bit that can get the stripped screws out. In the mean
time, can anyone help with that? I'm trying to hack into Tekno to
reprogram it to do things more fun for me, like pathfinding and speech
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