How I Replaced Roboquad's Eyes and Mouth: Part 1

Editor's note:

Here in Part 1 of this incredible series, our fearless hacker RobosapienV2-4mem8 cracks open the Roboquad exoskeleton. Is this alien dissection from Area 51? Nah, but it sure looks like it.

Iin Part 2, the exploration continues -- complete with photo close ups of electronic innards.

In Part 3 RobosapienV2-4mem8 shares videos he has taken of everything. Don't miss a second of it.

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From: RobosapienV2-4mem8

Hello all,

Some of you would say that hacking Roboquad is sinful, and to a point, I agree. However as a hacker, it's just in my nature to pull a new robot apart and see what is going on inside of him. So, here goes...

The first hack I propose is to replace the two outer LED's with 16,000mcd white one's for better coverage. Then replace the four annimation LED's with two yellow 8,000mcd for the sides and two blue 8,000 for the front and back. This will also give more bright coverage in the vicinity of Roboquad.

The next hack I'm working on is a singe blue 8,500 mcd LED for the mouth.

So, here are some pics of the present mods...

Roboquad

Straight out of the box.

Roboquad

Those menacing eyes.

Roboquad

Gettin' jiggy on the carpet.

Roboquad Sensor Diagram

Diagram of sensors

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I have dissected my Roboquad, and am ready to preform my first hack - a change of animation LED's from red to high-power blue. I will also change the outer eye LED's to blue. Below the IR IED, I will fit an LED bargraph for the mouth.

Roboquad

Dissected

Roboquad

Closer view of main board

Roboquad

Head section

Roboquad

IR LED eyes

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Next, I will insert the LED bargraph for the mouth.

Roboquad

The far right and left LED's will also be changed to 16000mcd white LED's

Roboquad

Darker shot to show detail

Roboquad

The six eye LED's. two outer most will be changed to white

Roboquad

One side of the eye LED's

Roboquad

IR lenses behind the circuit board for IR LED's

Roboquad

Another darker shot to show detail

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Now, let's get started on my Roboquad eye hack, The first LEDS to go are the outer eye one's ... to be replaced with these.

Roboquad

White 16000mcd LED's

Roboquad

Old LED's removed

Roboquad

New LED's fitted; just have to cut of the leads

Roboquad

Removing the 4 red annimation LED's

Roboquad

Just have to cut the wires and replace with 8500mcd blue LED's

Roboquad
Roboquad's head next to his future mouth

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Finally completed the LED hack. I ended up using two yellow 8,000mcd LED's for the sides, two 8,000 blue LED's for the front and rear, and two 16,000mcd LED's for the two outer eyes. Everything works fine and no hicups. See pics below...

Roboquad

Yellow annimation LED's

Roboquad

Blue LED's in the front and back of Roboquad

Roboquad

Yellow annimation LED's on his sides; just soldered in place

Roboquad

Front annimation blue and white right eye LED's

Roboquad

Another similar shot

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Next mod is to install a mouth. This is going to be tight, as there is not much room to install these bargraph-type LED's. They are 8000mcd green LED's, which will be connected to the various eye LED's matched as an equal pair, so the eye LED's flash and the mouth LED's move simultaneously from the center outward. I will attack this one in the next few days, Pics up when finished.

 

Next: Part 2 More Photos, More Hacking

 

Comments

robodud's picture

wow if i got the parts i might be doing this well ill try

NovaRobotics's picture

Hey

I wanna do your mod on my Roboquad. Can u pls explain what the TRY_ME Connections is and what i have have to do with that?

Ry's picture

Hi

 

I got my roboquad almost a year ago and the next day I changed the eye led's for super bright blue and white 20000mc leds and put flashing blue/red led's for the direction ones.

 

When I found your post, I tried your mouth connections with a pink led, but while the led flashed without the speaker being connected,it did not flash with the speaker connected.

 

I'm also not sure about your "Try Me" conections as your text does not fully explain or show full connections.

 

Last month, I upgraded the 20000 White Led's for 30000 ones that I got off ebay. (I also put some of these in my Ergo Eternalight and other Torches. WOW!!!)

 

I'd be grateful for your help with the mouth wiring and any other tips

 

Thanks,

 

 Ry

RobosapienV2-4mem8's picture

Sorry for not getting back to you on this ive beeen away for the last 3 yrs :-(, the try me function dos'nt do anything its redundant, maybe it was for something in the future. all tests showed no signal or power emitted from those contacts.