mod idea: invader zim "gir" from ibook

Posted by: Anonymous

mod idea: invader zim "gir" from ibook - 01/02/05 07:46 PM

im thinking about making a model gir from invader zim that uses an ibook to control it. does anyone know anything about motherboards from ibooks and how to get it into a space thats 13 inches by 9 inches without using too much space, and does anyone know where i could get some cheap custom made pieces of plastic?
Posted by: oojacoboo

Re:mod idea: invader zim - 01/03/05 05:51 AM

I too would like some custom made pieces of arcrylic. If you find anything be sure to let me know.
Posted by: krusher117

Re:mod idea: invader zim - 01/03/05 07:45 PM

stupid question im sure, but what is a model gir
Posted by: Anonymous

Re:mod idea: invader zim - 01/03/05 08:26 PM

gir is the robot that is pictured in my avatar. here is a better picture. sorry about that, picture was too big.

Post edited by: wendt, at: 2005/01/04 04:33

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Post edited by: wendt, at: 2005/01/04 04:36
Posted by: krusher117

Re:mod idea: invader zim - 01/03/05 08:28 PM

hmmm....perhaps just use the img tags
Posted by: Anonymous

Re:mod idea: invader zim - 01/03/05 08:37 PM

sorry about that, macmod wouldnt let me upload the image.
Posted by: whitlock

Re:mod idea: invader zim - 01/03/05 09:29 PM

tragically appropriate...
Posted by: mark

Re:mod idea: invader zim - 01/04/05 02:35 AM

Maybe DIY. Some duo modders used to make molds of old parts to recreate them with transparent plastics. I've heard various success and failure stories so I don't know if it could be used for your project. Anyways a couple links:

http://www.powerbook.org/duo-zone-e/danger/clear-parts.html
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/gionpeters/hhhh/resin.htm

If you can create your won mold, Tap plastic sells the plastic resins you would need. Not exactly cheap - it looks like you can get a gallon of resin and the catalyst for about $50 online. But it would probably be cheaper than getting a plastic molding company to do it.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re:mod idea: invader zim - 01/04/05 04:00 AM

thanks. the first two arent quite what i wanted, since im not just making a skeleton mod, but the third one is pretty good. and from what ive looked at, professional custom plastic can cost from a few thousand dollars to two hundred thousand.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re:mod idea: invader zim - 01/06/05 04:10 AM

i forgot to ask, does anyone know anything about making a usb device that can control several motors and can be operated by a script that i can write thats compatible with mac? thanks.

Post edited by: wendt, at: 2005/01/06 12:10
Posted by: oojacoboo

Re:mod idea: invader zim - 01/06/05 07:50 AM

What do you mean by control monitors? :dry:
Posted by: Anonymous

Re:mod idea: invader zim - 01/06/05 03:14 PM

who said anything about "control monitors"?
Posted by: oojacoboo

Re:mod idea: invader zim - 01/06/05 06:22 PM

Quote:
i forgot to ask, does anyone know anything about making a usb device that can control several motors


This is what I was referring to. I didn't know what you meant by controling...
Posted by: Anonymous

Re:mod idea: invader zim - 01/06/05 06:48 PM

ok. i didnt know what you meant because you wrote monitors instead of motors. i need something that can send electronic signals to motors to tell them what to do, preferably something that hooks up through usb. i already found some servo motors at phidgets usa, but theyre a bit more expensive than i want and require expensive motor controllers. i also need some motors that dont use up too much juice.
Posted by: krusher117

Re:mod idea: invader zim - 01/06/05 06:59 PM

How about using Lego:Mindstorm?

The solution requires you to learn a programmin language called LISP and run Virtual PC and purchase an USB infrared transmitter.

http://www.pbsource.com/features/LEGO_and_Macs.shtml
http://mindstorms.lego.com/eng/default.asp
http://www.crynwr.com/lego-robotics/

Post edited by: krusher117, at: 2005/01/07 03:01
Posted by: Anonymous

Re:mod idea: invader zim - 01/06/05 07:12 PM

:ohmy: im not sure that would work. first, the batteries inside the lego rcx wouldnt be able to power the motors needed to move the robot efficiently for a long period of time, and second, i would need to have several rcxs to control all of the motors and a lot of time to write the scripts for each rcx. but if i can write a script like the one on the rcx and run it on a mac, it might work and be easier to write than the codes for rcxs or a program for the mac thats written in some other programming language, and im not very good at programming so that would be good if that could work. so ill see if i can use that.
Posted by: mark

Re:mod idea: invader zim - 01/07/05 04:47 AM

Maybe something at one of these sites:

http://www.activewireinc.com/
http://www.codemercs.com/IOWarriorE.html
http://www.hobbyengineering.com/SectionIN.html

I think you want something closer to the items in the first two links, the third would make it easier to use a Basic Stamp.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re:mod idea: invader zim - 01/07/05 03:37 PM

thanks. those first two links are very helpful.
Posted by: whitlock

Bluetooth Robot - 01/10/05 03:17 PM

Bluetooth Controlled Robot

You can always get a premade robot that uses Bluetooth. Got $1800 to spend?
Posted by: Anonymous

Re:Bluetooth Robot - 01/14/05 10:39 PM

that probably wouldn't work. very well. it says on the site that the robot can walk, jump, and wave its hands, which isn't nearly what i want gir to do. also, i dont want a bluetooth controlled robot, so that circuit board would be thrown out or sold, and its casing wouldnt work in gir, so all i would get is a few motors, and from my overly calculated calculations, the motors would cost about $2000, and they would actually cost less than that because i was guessing at a lot of things, so the bluetooth robot would be a waste of money.
Posted by: maestro

Re:Bluetooth Robot - 01/14/05 11:41 PM

Youve got your hands full. You could use servos to move it, theyre cheap. But how two control them with a cpu i dont know. Are you an engineer, cause if not you might need to be to do this mod. :lol:
-Maestro
Posted by: Anonymous

Re:Bluetooth Robot - 01/15/05 04:14 PM

ive been looking at servos from phidgetsusa and servocity, and they both offer servo controllers that hook up through usb, but phidgets are meant for windows, phidgetsusa says that theyre not for linux, and doesnt even mention mac at all, so i might need to get some servo controllers elsewhere.

Post edited by: oojacoboo, at: 2005/01/16 04:21
Posted by: oojacoboo

Re:Bluetooth Robot - 01/15/05 08:22 PM

im betting that you are going to have a bit of difficulty finding some for the mac platform. But I could be wrong.
Posted by: maclover1986

Where are the pics? - 01/15/05 11:31 PM

Hey oojacoboo,

If I could only see any shots of the Bluetooth Robot, I would believe that you did make it.

Here are a few ideas for making any kind of robot, and any means of connecting to a computer:

- You could make a robot that runs off of the BASIC programming language, even if it is done from REALBasic or Visual Basic.

- The main operating system could be that from the original Macintosh, and maybe the same hardware, too.

- Make it powered from ADB, PS/2, or RJ-45, (you know, Ethernet).

And a name that runs off of an RJ-45 cable could be called "EtherBot"

Just a few thoughts.
maclover1986

P.S.: Grrrr, I hate it when I'm typing and I accidentally activate Exposé. ;-)
Posted by: whitlock

Re:Where are the pics? - 01/16/05 12:38 AM

http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000857026738/ < - Bluetooth Robot Article
Posted by: WurdBendur

Re:Where are the pics? - 04/02/05 02:25 PM

A while back, the people at MacAddict made (or attempted to make) a robot using an iBook. I think they controlled it remotely through Airport. I think they had a servo controlling a camera, but they may have scrapped that idea. Either way, the iBorg was a terrible failure, and is nowhere to be found on the MacAddict site except for one vague mention on the forum. Unfortunately, I no longer have the issues that cover that project, but I'll look to see if they put anything on the CDs that I still have.
Posted by: dead13

Re:Where are the pics? - 04/02/05 03:53 PM

why can't you get the servos from servocity and run guest pc or virtrual pc to control them?