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Mean And Fast: The Extreme Build 914 PC-BOT! - 2007/02/21 02:09 This thread discusses the Content article: Mean And Fast: The Extreme Build 914 PC-BOT!

Very impressive!
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Re:Mean And Fast: The Extreme Build 914 PC-BOT! - 2007/02/21 03:13 It is impressive, and I quite like the colour, although I'm not sure what to do with mine yet, but given that the plastics are white you could paint them any colour.

You'll also notice that Vincent is running Microsoft Robotics Studio which is working with the 914 platform and very very nearly ready for release.
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Re:Mean And Fast: The Extreme Build 914 PC-BOT! - 2007/02/21 04:55 Fantastic mods Tom!

I've been thinking of making some similar mods to my 'bots - the stock CPU (horsepower) is not sufficient once you start adding vision processing, etc...

Any chance you could document the mod in more details? Save us some leg work?

Specifically, the power supply mods needed in more detail (i.e. step by step instructions). And the supplier and part #s for the new motherboard, CPU, etc.

Better yet, if you sold these mods, I'd be first in line to buy two of them...

Dave...
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Re:Mean And Fast: The Extreme Build 914 PC-BOT! - 2007/02/21 05:20 I just received my plastics over lunch. Soon, I will be deep into the assembly process. I have to say that the painted plastics do look sharp and I am spending too much time thinking about what color I will paint mine. First she gets mounted as is and then I can decide on color.
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Re:Mean And Fast: The Extreme Build 914 PC-BOT! - 2007/02/21 05:40 lilytherobot wrote:
Fantastic mods Tom!
I've been thinking of making some similar mods to my 'bots - the stock CPU (horsepower) is not sufficient once you start adding vision processing, etc...
Any chance you could document the mod in more details? Save us some leg work?
Specifically, the power supply mods needed in more detail (i.e. step by step instructions). And the supplier and part #s for the new motherboard, CPU, etc.
Better yet, if you sold these mods, I'd be first in line to buy two of them...
Dave...


I'll be 2nd in line for one power supply mod - have been planning on going dual core (Asus) but will now be checking the Extremes cpu since I know Tom likes to go with the best tools.

I agree, lilytherobot, minimum need step by step how to, but best would be WBR store sold power mods.
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Re:Mean And Fast: The Extreme Build 914 PC-BOT! - 2007/02/21 07:50 Hey Guys! Thanks for the positive feedback on my new best friend

I will get you the info for modifying the power supplies. It is tricky b/c you have to remove a cap on the board that's about 1/2 the size of a grain of rice. I'll tell you all frankly that I couldn't do it. It would be like a brain surgeon operating with an ax and a hacksaw. We have an electronics guru at the Canadian lab...he did it for me. I'll find and post the mod info tomorrow.

The CPU, Commell board, RAM, HDD etc can be purchased from BWI.com...Bill West and his crew are a great bunch of guys. If you buy the CPU and board from them, they'll mount the CPU and test for video before they ship.

I absolutely encourage you guys to paint your body panels. It makes a HUGE difference in the look of the robot. It makes your $5,000 robot look like it costs $10,000 I would recommend going to a reputable automotive painting facility to have the work done. The panels stand up very well to a base coat / clear coat paint job...Oh, and in case they ask, the panels are ABS plastic.
A fair price for the paint work is $200 - $300. FYI- you MUST tell them NOT to put the panels in a heat booth to speed up the drying. You will return to find you panels a melted pool of plastic. (I know b/c it happen to me...and 2 days before the robots were introduced to the world at Comdex in '03...) I think I am STILL recovering from that.
Just a few tried and true suggestions - the 914 looks very sexy in Cadillac CTS silver (Generic GM name is "Galaxy Silver") and I've also painted a few of the Yellow 'bots actual Hummer yellow. Even painting the white 914 with white auto paint makes a huge difference. Go nuts!...orange, blue, whatever...can't wait to see what you guys dream up.
Yes, I am running MSRS on Vincent and all is well. Not sure when it will be available for actual release. Poor Vincent is the lab monkey...he's taking one for the team. I'll keep you guys posted.

Take care,
~Tom
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