Test Rapiro in 13.8 V power supply (So far WORKING) and Pi testing. (Update 2nd March, 2014)
I tested Rapiro with 13.8V power supply and so far it didn't give me any burning smell and everything seems working. Of course I also checked Block chart of communication and power supply of RAPIRO before I did that.
I have also tried a laptop DC power supply but all the motor just rotate in one direction continuously which is really bad for the motors.
On the other hand I also tried New Alkaline battery. Yes it would not give you any luck.
NOTE: I recommend put your robot in #M0 to make sure your motor won't suddenly run crazy when you connect the connector.
FURTHER NOTE on walking: I realized the walking demo highly toward the left sides of the body to create the motion. It need to touch his left hand to help balance. I wonder is that because of the tension from the cables.
Update on 1st March, 2014: #M0 position motor noise can be heard. I think a record motor action replay function will be needed.
Update on 2nd March, 2014: I found out you cannot send commend from serial monitor after you connect the raspiro board to the rasberrypi. You would still able to program the raspiro for calibration and others. The solution of this is I send
"pi@rapiro ~ $ echo "#M0" | sudo minicom -b 57600 -o -D /dev/ttyAMA0" from pi to send the commend instead. This line of code credit to fvan.
Note: When they both connected I disconnect the power supply and solely use microUSB to program raspiro.
On the other hand, I was also doing calibration try to eliminate the noise when the motor is on. Noise is better, but is still there.
This pic is used during calibration http://hidakanoteimages.s3.amazonaws.com/2014/02/rapiro_servo_all.jpg
I'm trying to implement a control UI using the same image, its quite useful. But some value may not be accurate, as I have tested. For example the hand grip range is about -10 degrees at each end from the value of the chart, as well as the waist and head. Also, because of the size of the head, when shoulders move to more than 150 degrees (30 degrees for the other side) the hand get contact with the head and the arm servo cannot maintain its 40 (140) degrees and will continuously tring to go to the value, results in noise. Actually I suspect the reason that richardvahrman had the servos (or some driver circuits) burnt is because of keeping some impossible target degree for the servos.
Same here for the negative degree and I also cannot get away the noise no matter how I tune it. The worst is sometimes i heard some spark noise. Hopefully it is not come from the the capacitors or resistors.