Let's Make Robots!

Zezinho, the poser

he's a poser










Playing with movements and poses.













Testing movements and different servo speeds.




This is Zezinho, a humanoid robot that likes to pose! :)



All the microservo supports where made with the amazing material Polymorph.

For now he is being controlled by 8 analog inputs, each input controls one microservo. In the future (as I hope) he will be controlled by a computer vision system where he will try copy real human poses in real time. I'm still programming servo control functions and movements presets.


This is the analog inputs setup and a custom servo shield.
I'm using an Arduino Mega because I need more than 6 analog inputs that the regular Arduino boards have and I don't have the time (or should I say patience) to digg around multiplexers..

I'm very lucky to have the support of InMotion.pt, they sent me the Arduino Mega for the first test drive. Thank you so much Filipe!! ;)

This robot will also be my final project for the course 'O Som do Pensamento'. It will be an instalation where the user will be able to control his poses with physical controllers. I've made a controller box in acrylic and will post photos as soon as I have it with me.



update 03-07-09


Click the image to see zezinho's new home  :)



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Here's a version that moves where the servos work from.

 Beautiful work by Carl Pisaturo

it is a beautiful machine!!  I hope to be able to build things like that one day  :-)
I have to say, that thing is pretty cool.

hey, i am a newbie to arduino..

can i see da code for this wonderful machine

I don't have the code with me right now, but it is very simple. The potenciometers analog values are from 0-1024,  I used the map() function to map this value to a range from o to 180 that is the value to be sent to the servos.

Try first to read one potenciometer and pass the value to one servo. Tell me if you need more help.