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Subject: [DPRG] Hero 1
From: ed at okerson.com ed at okerson.com
Date: Sun Jan 5 20:37:17 CST 2014

This explains the battery connections.  Guess I need to go buy some
batteries now!

http://www.hero-1.com/images/H1_BATT_FUSE.gif

Ed

> There are lots of pictures on google of the arm:
>
> http://www.theoldrobots.com/images29/hero79.JPG
> http://www.hero-1.com/images/arm.jpg
> http://www.vexforum.com/gallery/files/3/9/2/photo1b.jpg
>
> Hero-1.com has all the manuals for sale:
>
>  http://www.hero-1.com/Broadband/manuals.htm
>
> MAybe this is what you need:
>
>   https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:70995
>
>
>
> The batteries I used were like these:
>
> http://www.sportsmith.net/ItemForm.aspx?Item=P1361518&gclid=CMKkhMm66LsCFcVFMgodRDEAHw
>
> The battery in the head was the non-volatile memory keeper.
> This thing is full of static memory, no flash or anything.
>
> One pair in the base were wired as a 12V battery, I
> could see replacing them with a single battery.
>
>
> I really haven't looked at ROS, and I should.
>
>
>
>
> On Sun, Jan 5, 2014 at 7:47 PM, <ed at okerson.com> wrote:
>
>> Thanks Tom,
>>
>> OK, On closer inspection (opening the chassis) I found the wiring
>> harness
>> is intact.  I thought these were wired on the outside of the chassis.
>>
>> The shoulder looks to be fine, it is just the wrist that is broken.
>> Looks
>> like it was a cheap plastic part that wouldn't take much to break.
>> Maybe
>> I will fabricate one out of something stronger.  Any ideas where I could
>> get drawings for what the part looked like before breaking?
>>
>> The batteries are not there, nor did it come with a charger (or training
>> pendant).  I figured some off the shelf lead acid batteries would fit.
>> I
>> have read where people replaced the 4 6V batteries with 2 12V ones to
>> lower the center of gravity as well.  I don't know which battery leads
>> go
>> to positive or negative, so won't plug in anything just yet.
>>
>> As for the standard robot libraries, have you looked at ROS (Robot
>> Operating System)?
>>
>> Ed Okerson
>>
>> > As a former owner of a Hero 1, this one sounds like it
>> > isn't worth restoring. The wrist is repairable, the shoulder
>> > is the tough one, you only get two tries there, and you
>> > have to buy plastic, or build something.
>> >
>> >
>> > The trouble with the stock electronics is the lack of
>> > non-volatile storage. Sure there are serial interfaces
>> > available, and they work, allowing you to program them
>> > from a laptop or something, but in the end, you don't
>> > have a real good development environment.
>> >
>> > It would be good if someone built a "standard" robot
>> > library similar to the hero libraries. Right now, I think
>> > the RasPi is the best value for a robot brain.
>> >
>> > If it still has the Gel Cells, get rid of them. There are
>> > some three cell lead acid batteries that will almost
>> > drop in for them. Same charger will work.
>> >
>> > Ebay has many of the needed parts for a restore, but
>> > it'll be very expensive. Otherwise robotswanted.com
>> > has the remaining inventory of parts from heathkit.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > On Sun, Jan 5, 2014 at 6:36 PM, <ed at okerson.com> wrote:
>> >
>> >> I picked up an old Heathkit Hero 1 today.  Trying to figure out what
>> to
>> >> do
>> >> with it now.  It is in rather sad shape, missing all the side panels,
>> >> and
>> >> the entire wiring harness.  Looks like all the drive motors are
>> there,
>> >> arm
>> >> is there, but the motors are hanging off the end, looks like the
>> wrist
>> >> mechanism is broken.  Is it worth trying to restore, or should I do a
>> >> complete electronics transplant to more modern stuff, Raspberry Pi,
>> >> Arduino?
>> >>
>> >> Ed Okerson
>> >>
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