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[DPRG] Hero 1

Subject: [DPRG] Hero 1
From: paradug paradug at gmail.com
Date: Mon Jan 6 08:49:24 CST 2014

Ed,
    While looking at the thingverse parts for the Hero 1, I came across this 
link to get manuals.
hero-1.com/Broadband/manuals.htm

Regards,
Doug P.

-----Original Message----- 
From: ed at okerson.com
Sent: Monday, January 06, 2014 8:12 AM
To: paradug
Cc: ed at okerson.com ; blackstag ; DPRG List
Subject: Re: [DPRG] Hero 1

Doug,

Fantastic!  Yes, that is the part I need (among others I am sure).  I'll
send my address off list.

Ed

> Ed,
>    Just to make sure, you need a thing:70995 (Heathkit Hero 1 Wrist
> Connection). I will try to get you a 3d print of it, either from my
> personal
> 3d printer or from the DMS PolyProPrinter. It may take a few days. You
> will
> need to drill the holes to tune size. Let me know where to send it.
> Regards,
> Doug P.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ed at okerson.com
> Sent: Sunday, January 05, 2014 8:24 PM
> To: blackstag
> Cc: DPRG List
> Subject: Re: [DPRG] Hero 1
>
> Anybody with a 3d printer that could print this for me?
>
> Ed
>
>> parts can always be printed too :>
>>
>> http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:70995
>>
>>
>> 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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