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Adeept DarkPaw Bionic Quadruped Spider Robot Kit for Raspberry Pi 4 3 Model B+/B, STEM Crawling Robot, OpenCV, Self-stabilizing Based on MPU6050 Gyro Sensor, Raspberry Pi Robot with PDF Manual
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- STEAM Educational Robot - A complete Bionic Quadruped Spider Robot Kit based on the Raspberry Pi(Compatible with RPi 3B/3B+, Raspberry Pi is NOT included). Object Recognition, Tracking, Motion Detection - based on openCV; C/S Architecture - can be remotely controlled by GUI APP on PC; WS2812 RGB LEDs - can change a variety of colors, full of technology; Real-time Video Transmission.
- Self-stabilizing based on MPU6050 Gyro Sensor; Optimal structural design with strong load capacity
- Raspberry Pi is NOT included.
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DarkPaw is a 4-Legs Bionic quadruped spider robot based on Raspberry Pi, it is designed for beginners and professionals to learn AI, robotics, programming and electronics. We have written a detailed and illustrated manual with which you can quickly complete the assembly of the robot.
1 Set Acrylic Plates
1x Adeept Robot HAT
1x Raspberry Pi Camera(with Cable)
1x MPU6050 Gyro Sensor Module
13x MG90S Servo
1x LED Headlight
2x Adeept WS2812 RGB LED Module
1x Battery Holder Set
1x Cross Socket Wrench
2x Screwdriver(Small*1 and Large*2)
1x Winding Pipe
Other Necessary Accessories(Bearings, Wires, Nuts, Screws, Copper Standoffs, etc.)
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I also got Darkpaw. I have a love hate feeling for this one. First, it was the most unpleasant build I have ever done and I have 47 other robots that I built. It was unpleasant because the directions were confusing at best and wrong in many parts. It took three days to build. Even then I had to tweek it to get it to work right. However after it starting working and was put together correctly it is a beautiful piece of robotics.
Darkpaw has enormous potential and can be made into something great. However, the software that comes with it does not control the leds as advertised. Also the stabilization doesn't work unless you get the gyro module (sold separately). I attached the gyro module and it still does not work. Nor it there any way to make it work. Because there is no documentation that even mentions stabilization. The potential of this robot and this company can be huge but it is being hindered by Adeept's lake of interest to do anything about their documentation and/or directions. It's like having a really cool spaceship and nobody knows how to fly it. Darkpaw HAS NO DOCUMENTATION about programming it for image recognition or anything, It does have some sort of white and black line detection thing but there is no documentation about what it is or how to use it either. There is ZERO documentation or directions for the software. Many features of the software don't work such as cpu temp reading or robot status, LED's don't wok either. They light up and stay lite to green and that's about all they do. They do NOT do the "breathing effect". Even though there are sliders to control the LEDS and a button for stabilization. They do not work and there is no way of finding out how to make them work. The advertising for this robot is all wrong. Because although the robot may be able to do what was advertised. They don't tell you how to make it do those things. You can basically just remote control where it walks around. It is a shame to see such a great and beautiful robot that could be very popular have no documentation for programming it. All of their products are over advertised. I have the hex spider to put together yet and I dread the thought of that, especially if it will be anything like what Darkpaw was like to put together.
I will continue to research to figure out how to make it do all of those advertised things For what I paid for these robots I was expecting at least 50% of what was promised. What you get is a beautiful robot that was unpleasant to put together and that in the end, there may not be much you can do with it. It is not the robots fault or lack of technology that is in it. Rather it is the Adeept's fault for not making better documentation. True it may be a company in China, but it is 2020 so there is no excuse for poor documentation and directions for a product at this price point. The promised videos, documentation, forum and all of that is a joke at best. The get a 5 star for the beauty and potential of their robots. They get a minus 3 star when it comes to documentation. Personally "I love robots and it is a shame to see this robot not treated with the respect that it deserves from the company that created it"
Regarding the hardware, I don't see any recommendation for using glue, but there are places in the boxed-in section where the legs meet the frame that were loose initially, and becoming looser. I will sacrifice the maintenance potential and apply a bit of CA in order to mitigate the slop.
Overall, the robot is "ok". Maybe after the forums at Adeept liven up a bit this robot will more closely meet expectations.
I purchased the RaspTank at the same time as this robot. Hopefully the guidance will improve by the time it's ready to roll.
Things you need to know:
--Each leg is three-axis, position-controlled, not bang-bang. Axes consist of a horizontal hip, a coupled knee/ankle, and an ankle. Because the long, tall foot is attached with a scissors mechanism, two joints control foot position simultaneously.
--Leg assemblies have four configurations, being left-handed, right-handed, up, and down. The version 1.0 instructions only show you one configuration; you have to mirror this to build the other three legs.
--The Y piece needs to be inboard of the motors, that is, triangle, Y, spacer, triangle; not spacer Y as the v.1 diagrams show. Otherwise the Y piece will not connect with the No. 1 girder to the motor smoothly.
--Adeept has very good instructions on the whole, and you should look at them on their website before starting with this kit, to get a feel for the level of challenge. See the links in the Q&A section above.
--Although the body looks like it's made out of aluminum, it's actually shiny laser-cut plexiglas. This gives both strength and lightness. You have to peel the backing tape off, both sides. Use a wad of duct-tape to get this started.
--Adeept has been very responsive, and stands behind their product for me. They have recently come out with a second version of the assembly manual.
--The hundreds of small parts are kitted out into labeled envelopes. Adeept seems to include some extras on some of the small screws and nuts, as the tiny nuts have a habit of getting lost on the workbench. The envelopes and extras alone mark these guys as professionals who care, really outstanding.
--This kit even includes a Raspberry Pi camera, which is designed into the robot. It's quite an advanced kit.
--Batteries (size 18650, Samsung 20S is best) and Raspberry Pi shape B+ (3B+ etc) are not included.
Also see Adeept's Mars Rover kit for something slightly easier to put together and direct.