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RAPIRO is a cute and affordable robot kit designed to work with a Raspberry Pi. It comes with a Arduino-compatible servo controller.
RAPIRO is a cute and affordable robot kit designed to work with a Raspberry Pi. It comes with a Arduino-compatible servo controller.
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Notes on assembly(組み立てにおける注意事項)

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1. Usually, Alkaline batteries do not have enough power to run all 12 servos. Please use Ni-MH batteries, for example eneloop and Energizer Recharge.
IMPORTANT: Please use fully charged five Ni-MH batteries. If the charging of batteries is incomplete, servos does not work correctly with noise.
(一般的なアルカリ電池ではRAPIROの12個のバッテリーを動かすために電流供給力が充分ではありません。eneloopやEnergizer Rechaegeといったブランドのニッケル水素(Ni-MH)電池を5本をお使いください。 【重要】5本のニッケル水素電池を完全に充電した状態でお使いください。中途半端な充電状態の電池だとサーボモータがノイズとともに誤作動する場合があります。)

http://www.eneloop.info/home.html

http://energizerbatteries.com.au/products/recharge/


 2. You can provide voltage 6V〜12V to the DC-jack of RAPIRO board.
I recommend to use AC adapter, which is able to output 4A and over.
RAPIRO need about 4A current to work. 
(ラピロ基板のDCジャックには6V〜12Vの電源を接続できます。
出力電流が4A以上のACアダプタを使用することをおすすめします。
ラピロの動作には最大4A程度の電流が必要だからです。)


3. The Bootloader of RAPIRO board is Arduino Uno.
So Please choose "Arduino Uno" as Board in Arduino IDE tool menu.
(ラピロ基板にはArduino Uno用のBootloaderが書き込まれています。
Arduino IDEのツール>マイコンボードからArduino Unoを選択肢て使用してください)


4. We use FTDI chip on RAPIRO board as USB serial converter.
If you have never used FTDI device, you have to install the VCP driver to your PC.
(ラピロ基板にはFTDI社のUSBシリアル変換ICを使っています。FTDIのチップを搭載したデバイスを使ったことがない人は、下記リンクからお使いのOSに対応したVCPドライバをダウンロードして、インストールしてください。)

http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm


5. If you use RAPIRO with Raspberry Pi, please connect 6 pole plug to Paspberry Pi GPIO, as shown on the Photo. I am preparing update to explain the detail of protocol of RAPIRO board.
Simple commands are #M0 to #M9 as ASCII serial, which call pre-set motion. 
(ラピロ上でラズベリーパイを接続する場合、6極のケーブルは次の写真のように接続してください。通信プロトコルについての詳細説明は今後のアップデートとして準備中です。シンプルなコマンドとしてはASCIIシリアルで#M0〜#M9を送信してみてください、事前に書き込まれている0〜9のモーションが呼び出されます。)

#M0 : Stop
#M1 : Walk Forward
#M2 : Walk Back
#M3 : Turn Right
#M4 : Turn Left
...etc

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      sunil on March 24, 2014

      Hello,
      Does any one know the step for the Servo Calibration and proper movement of Rapiro after the using eneloop batteries? Since my Rapiro movements are Random...

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      Oliver Weibel on February 25, 2014

      Is there a manual how to setup the Raspberry Pi and control RAPIRO?

    3. Bernie Huddleston on February 25, 2014

      Hi Shota,
      Have you any thoughts on suitable speaker(s) that I can mount internally for Rapiro connected to Raspberrypi.
      Many thanks

    4. Shota Ishiwatari 2-time creator on February 17, 2014

      Does the 9V batteries have enough power to supply current?

    5. George Edwards on February 15, 2014

      What do you think of this adapter and a 9v battery to power Rapiro?

      http://www.bricogeek.com/shop/331-1048-thickbox/cable-adaptador-9v-jack.jpg

      Thanks

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      KawakamiKohei on February 14, 2014

      Eddie Lien, thank you for your kindness information!
      I will try it.

    7. Eddie Lien on February 14, 2014

      KawakamiKohei, I have successfully power RAPIRO + Raspberry Pi + PiCamera + WiFi USB dongle + Bluetooth USB dongle with 12V 2A AC adapter. And I made my own battery pack with 8 MP 3000mAh ( http://www.powerwholesale.net/mp-rechargeable-battery-aa-nimh-3000mah-12v-p-1190.html ), also good enough to power them.

      Now I use an old Wiimote to control RAPIRO.

    8. Eddie Lien on February 13, 2014

      Does anyone know a easy way to calibrate "Fine angle adjustment"?

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      KawakamiKohei on February 12, 2014

      is it also enough power supply for RAPIRO with RasPi by [12V,4A] AC adapter?
      i think it doesnot work better.

    10. Joshua Warren on February 11, 2014

      Just realized that, duh, the 6 pin cable is included with the Rapiro.

      Just tested with brand-new, fully charged Eneloops and with a 12V 4A AC adapter - both fixed the horrible noise the servos were making, so you really do need a lot of power to keep the Rapiro moving. However, the 12V 4A AC adapter led to the Rapiro acting a bit odd, and differently than when it was on batteries.

    11. Joshua Warren on February 10, 2014

      Rickard, oddly enough, the black-label AmazonBasics rechargeables aren't quite as good as the Eneloops, but the white-label AmazonBasics are just rebranded Eneloops - at least per a review I just read on Amazon from an electric engineer who tested them all. It's mainly the long-term capacity that drops in the black-label batteries, from what I read.

      Also, does anyone know if Amazon would have a suitable 6 pin female-to-female jumper cable to connect to the Pi? Trying to avoid shipping charges by ordering all the parts I need from Amazon...worst case, I'll just make a cable for now out of some existing 1 pin female-to-female jumpers I have on hand, I guess.

    12. Shota Ishiwatari 2-time creator on February 10, 2014

      We have to make recommend battery list of RAPIRO.
      Now, we are preparing to launch developer forum of RAPIRO.
      It was little delayed. We want to launch it in this week.

    13. Rickard Dahlstrand on February 10, 2014

      I'm using these, cheap and according to the test based on the same chemistry as Eneloops.

      http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-NiMH-Precharged-Rechargeable-Batteries/dp/B007B9NV8Q