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[DPRG] Hero 1

Subject: [DPRG] Hero 1
From: ed at okerson.com ed at okerson.com
Date: Mon Jan 6 11:04:07 CST 2014

Most of the grommets on the chassis appear to be in good shape.  One is
missing, and the aluminum is bent on one, the rest look fine.  I have a
grommet kit from Harbor Freight somewhere, I'll see if any of them fit.  I
guess it doesn't really matter if I can't find replacement panels.

> The front and back panels were just sheet aluminium.
>
> The sides were plastic.
>
> The front and back panels plug into little rubber grommets that
> have probably rotted away in the chassis.
>
> The side panels plug into similar grommets in the front and back
> panels.
>
>
>
>
> On Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 8:59 AM, <ed at okerson.com> wrote:
>
>> Doug,
>>
>> Thanks!  The other thing that seems near impossible to find are the side
>> panels.  Mine has the head cover, but none of the side panels.  Those
>> are
>> probably too big to 3D print, but I might be able to make a mold if
>> someone had a set to use as the master.  Otherwise I will probably try
>> to
>> make some custom fiberglass panels, I would have to go for a totally
>> different look if I do that.  Maybe make it look like a mini Dalek?
>>
>> Ed
>>
>> > 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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