Apr 272012

Felix is one of the first robots I created using the kinect sensor.

This is Felix taking his first steps untethered.

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  6 Responses to “Felix”

  1. I was wondering what kind of motors are used on Felix and the Stroller. I am working on a bot of my own and motor cost, power and weight are a balancing act. Any details would be great. Great project.

  2. Felix uses NPC Robotics 24V Electric Gear Motor Set – R81, R82. they are basically wheelchair motors. With 10″ solid wheels and custom aluminum hubs. I got them for a steel on ebay for $410

    For the Robot Stroller kit I use 2 of the Jazzy Select Elite:

    Coupled with 2 of the 12 inch tires:

    You can find them on ebay used for cheaper, but these are what I use in the kit.

    As soon as you move into the wheelchair motors everything gets more expensive. They are so nice and quiet though. Expect to spend between $400 and $1000 for a motor controller, unless you build your own. I tried lesser ones in the beginning and had a very catastrophic event at a presentation. The time I spent on them was wasted time. If your debugging purchased hardware that is faulty it is difficult to learn much and you can waste a ton of time. Since then I moved up and have been extremely happy with Roboteq’s motor controllers:

    Wheel encoders are needed as well, I like US Digital. $160 or so depending on configuration

    They are a little pricey for hobbyists on a budget, but pay for themselves quickly when you don’t have to waste time debugging a home grown solution. I built my own and tried a couple of different one’s designed for smaller robots. I really like not debugging wheel encoders.
    The robot is a package, if you spend hundreds of hours programming, $2k in hardware, you have an investment. If the parts are solid and have a good track record then you will be able to spend more time on the software which is what closes the loop on a solid project.

    I highly recommend building your own systems and trying new things, but if you are doing it while you learn robotics do it with smaller tabletop hardware that is much less expensive to fix, debug, replace and repair.

  3. Hello I am working on a project at my school that uses similar motors. We have been tinkering with building our own encoders, but they really have not turned out so well. I was wondering which encoders from USDigital you used.
    By the way Felix is a really awesome project.

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