the Premium level, when purchased at Trossen Robotics.
I chose Trossen because Kyle was so helpful getting
answers for the previous question.
I didn’t get the LiPo battery charger because I
already have a few good chargers and I didn’t need
another one. It isn’t cheap, but the upgrade is a lot less
expensive than getting an entirely new kit.
Your question about whether it will be as good as
a new kit is an appropriate one. The Comprehensive kit
uses AX12+ servos and the Premium uses the newer
AX12A servos, which are a slightly different form-factor.
Kyle at Trossen says that their test Premium robot uses
the AX12+ servos and they worked fine. As my regular
readers know, I too have a Bioloid Comprehensive kit.
Kyle convinced me that I should also do this upgrade!
So, I got all of the pieces that he said to get and found
all of the programs and files needed to bring my old
beast up to snuff. I can confirm that it does indeed
work, and the new kit is way more capable! I tore my
old kit down to its component pieces, so I could start
Here is where to get the assembly instructions: www.
pdf. Here are the default task and motion files: http://
kit/download/ bioloid_premium_demo.htm. Here is how
to use those files: http://support.robotis.com/en/
_play.htm. The online forums and Kyle both said to ditch
the older Bioloid programs and get the newest ones here:
#software/ roboplus_main.htm. Here are instructions for
the RC-100 and Zigbee remote control: http://support.
rc100_manual.htm. Here is the Premium e-manual:
Finally, Figure 9 shows what our spankin’ new
Premium robot looks like.
I have sampled four low cost biped robot options: Robo
Brother’s Robo Philo, RoboBuilder, and now the Robotis
Bioloid Comprehensive and Bioloid Premium. Of them all,
the Bioloid Premium kit has the widest stance and most
stable walk. The Premium kit is the only one with a gyro
sensor, which helps with dynamic stabilization of the walk.
The Premium is also the only low cost biped whose default
motion file has a “continuous” walk. It walks as long as you
hold the button down.
The other kits only walked for a couple of paces, then
stopped until you pushed the button again. You have to try
each kind to see just how nice this feature is.
Of course, the Bioloid Premium is also the most
expensive one I have sampled, so more is expected of it.
I’m not done yet; there are new kits coming out all the
time. This Premium upgrade included the Zigbee 2. 5 GHz
controller which is way superior to the other kits’ IR
controllers, if for no other reason than you don’t have to
stand behind your robot and point your remote at it.
Whew! There goes another reading session you’ve
spent with Mr. Roboto! I hope you enjoyed yourself and
learned something new. I sure did! Don’t hesitate to drop
me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep building
robots and sharing your knowledge with others!! SV
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