The Bioloid is a robotic kit made up of cleverly designed interchangeable block-shaped parts. With these parts, you can build robots in various shapes that accomplish various tasks. The name “Bioloid” comes from the words“Bio” + “all” + “oid” meaning that any living thing can be built in the form of a robot.
The Bioloid robotic kit includes 18 TTL network ready AX-12A actuators (continuous rotation motors) with feedback support. These little power houses output 167oz-in to 222 oz-in (12kg-cm to 16kg-cm) of holding torque at 7.2V and 9.6V respectively. Standard hobby servos with approximately the same torque ratings retail for about $45.00 each (if you're lucky). That's $810.00 for 18 standard analog servos without feedback capabilities! The (AX-12A report angular position, angular velocity, and torque load or a standard TTL serial bus..
AX-S1 Dynamixel Sensor Module
A Dynamixel “AX-S1” is a smart network ready sensor module that contains an infrared receiver, infrared distance sensor, light sensor and buzzer. Like the AX-12+, the AX-S1 can recognize subtle changes in internal temperature and service voltage. One of these bad boys is included in every kit!
CM-510 Bioloid Main Controller Unit
The AX-12A and AX-S1 connect to the controller unit.
PC to Controller connection
Behavior Control Program
Robots require software and Bioloid robotic kits come with 3 powerful software tools; a behavior control programmer, a motion editor and a terminal application.
Behavior control is a very useful concept in robotics. The behavior software allows the programmer to transition the state of a the robot when a particular stimulus or events is triggered. For example, walk forward unless something is in the way, then [enter your requirements here]…