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Listed below are a few of the questions we get asked a lot - with the answers we usually give in each case.

If you have a question not answered in this section please get in touch and we will do our best to answer it. We may even add it to the list.

Q1. How will this product help me teach science and ICT in the classroom?
Q2. Can I rent the system out?
Q3. How simple is the system to set up?
Q4. How do I provide power to the leg harness and robot?
Q5. I live outside the United Kingdom; how can I guarantee delivery of my order?
Q6. I’ve seen the videos on the site, what else can the robot do?
Q7. I’ve seen the videos of the leg harness in action what else does it do?
Q8. How are the robot and leg harness attached to the PC?
Q9. I work in a college and would like to borrow one of the kits to demonstrate the robot functionality at a seminar next month/year?
Q10. Is it possible to replace the cable with a wireless link?
Q11. Could the new circuit be used in experimental projects and how many channels will there be?

 

Q1. How will this product help me teach science and ICT in the classroom?
A1.
The product instantly captures the attention of students. RoboLAB marries two popular ICT/Science subjects, namely robotics and data acquisition. The product has a high “can I have a go?” factor. The product relies on technology teachers are expected to convey to students. The product provides scope for experimentation and bridges the gap between robot research and the classroom. top

Q2. Can I rent the system out?
A2.
We do not rent our products at the moment. top

Q3. How simple is the system to set up?
A3.
It takes roughly ½ an hour to set up and install the software and the connect the hardware. New users are guided through the process step-by-step with our simple to use manual. If the customer purchases after a demonstration - our representative will install the product free of charge. Our Technical help line is only an email or phone call away. top

Q4. How do I provide power to the leg harness and robot?
A4. UK customers will find the kit contains 2 x power supplies - 1 for the leg harness and the other for the robot. All others customers may source their own power supplies however please contact Robotic Systems Ltd. either by email or phone for further help. top

Q5. I live outside the United Kingdom; how can I guarantee delivery of my order?
A5. Being a non-UK resident is not a problem as our products are posted using insured recorded delivery. For a list of prices to various parts of the world please contact us for details or for a quick quote. top

Q6. I’ve seen the videos on the site, what else can the robot do?
A6. Mimic Man directly copies live movement from the leg harness or replays data from a file. File data can be used to make the robot walk forward and backwards. The robot can be single-stepped or made to speed up or slow down. Single-steps can be captured and stored as models to produce a repeatable walking pattern. A low pass filter and polynomial function can be used to smooth model data. Contact Robotic Systems Ltd. by phone or email for further details. top

Q7. I’ve seen the videos of the leg harness in action what else does it do?
A7. The leg harness is designed to capture movements from the test subject and transfer the information to the PC via RS232 - its as simple as that. The data is checked when it reaches the PC and if corrupted will be retransmitted. The harness can be adjusted relative to the waist and height of the test subject. Each harness component can be replaced using off the shelf parts from Robotic Systems Ltd. Please contact us for further details. top


Q8. How are the robot and leg harness attached to the PC?
A8. A cable is attached between the leg harness and PC and is used to pass data and supply power. A cable is attached between the mimic man robot and PC and is used to pass data and supply power. top


Q9. I work in a college and would like to borrow one of the kits to demonstrate the robot functionality at a seminar next month/year?
A9. In exceptional circumstances we might lend a kit to a potential new customer (subject to vetting) - however only one kit is available for this purpose and damaged returned kits will be subject to a repair/replacement charge. top


Q10. Is it possible to replace the cable with a wireless link?
A10. Yes, Robotic Systems Ltd. is currently working on a new circuit capable of transmitting or receiving data from the PC. The new circuit will allow the leg harness to move anywhere within a range of approximately 20 metres indoors and even farther outside. top

Q11. Could the new circuit be used in experimental projects and how many channels will there be?
A11. Yes, the circuit is designed to be built into whatever project a customer wishes. The circuit will have 14 channels. A switch setting will allow either servo control or analogue data capture. The device will also be capable of transceiving data from serial devices connected to the free serial socket. top