Robotics and FPGAs (3) - Designing the 17 DOF Robot's "Shoes" Using AutoCAD - Rev. 1

In my last blog post, on the 17 Degrees-of-Freedom (DOF) Biped Robot in Robotics using FPGAs, I expressed my slight concern about the stability of the robot due to the four screws protruding out of the Robot's footbase. The screws are used to attach each footbase to a multi-functional servo bracket. This lead me to take a break from the assembly and see what I could do about it.

 What I discovered while designing the "shoes" is that it could be possible to redesign all of the robot parts in a Computer Aided Design (CAD) package and create a 3D printed robot like Intel's Jimmy the 21st Century Robot. However before I got too carried away with designing a 3D printed robot I firstly designed the "shoes" and the method I used to design this covering, using AutoCAD, is the subject of this blog post.

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Computer Vision (1) - Investigating Using the Raspberry Pi Camera Module with FPGA Vision Systems, Part 1

The Raspberry Pi camera module board (Rev 1.3) has been identified by the hobbyist embedded community as an inexpensive camera that would be ideal for computer vision projects. However, the camera may not be usable outside of the Raspberry Pi community, due to the closed source nature of its interface's timing and data characteristics.

 This means that to understand how it works, in order to use it in our hobbyist computer vision projects, we may need to hook it up to one of our FPGA boards and perform some "creative" engineering. This should provide some insight into how it operates, which should be right up our alley with us being FPGA "experts" and all. Hence, in this blog post we investigate what would be required to use the Raspberry Pi camera module with our FPGA development kits and projects.

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