So You Think You Can Dance?
— is actually on the low end of the scale that ranges from 1
to 239. For fine adjustments and smooth motions, the user
manual suggests using the duplication function to copy
pose blocks. Another sage recommendation for stability is
to use the reference pose like a voter for a Gilded Age
political machine – early and often.
The accompanying CD comes with numerous preloaded
motion files, ranging in category from dances to battle
mode. Users can import existing motion files into a new
motion for complex routines. The KT-X also comes with a
speaker and numerous sound files. It can speak in Japanese
and provide explosive sound effects to match its prowess in
martial arts. Before programming our own poses, we
thought to see what the default programs had to show us.
But before that, the reference position of the robot had to
be set. The KT-X default position is fairly close to the
standing reference position, but users will need to make
some small adjustments. We eventually had to go back and
make the stance a little more stable, but the trial and error
process goes pretty smoothly. After programming the
reference pose, we loaded on some of the preprogrammed
When left to its own devices, the KT-X will really show
off its personality. It will do everything from say hello (in
Japanese we think) to play the air guitar. A default program
also allows the game controller to command the robot.
Users can map their own commands to the game
controller, and the numerous buttons on the pad allow the
robot to have quite the extensive repertoire.
READY FOR SOME DANCE LESSONS.
Dancing in the Dark
To hopefully capture the motion of our dancing robot,
we planned to
outfit it with an LED
suit. This would also
be a simple way to
see if the KT-X was
LED is a classic
standby in circuit
for everything from
aesthetic value. And
though the LED
seems like a simple
device, to pick the
right one for your
project you should
The first factor
we examined was the viewing angle. Because we were
aiming to create a visual spectacle, we wanted LEDs with
large viewing angles. Many LEDS have small viewing angles,
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