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#1 Pioneer4x4 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:51 AM

I'm not sure where to post this, and I was going to wait until completed, but I am too excited to hold back.
First, thanks to Fred Quimby for Batari Basic and Jeff Wierer for VisualbB!


I got a program running that can control the R.O.B. via a 2600. It is a Batari Basic programming currently running on my Harmony cart. I dob't know if I will try to make a game, I honestly can't think of any worthwhile gameplay for it, but a fully controllable R.O.B. is cool.

It has these main functions.

Open
Close
1 x Up
1 x Down
2 x up
2 x Down
Left
Right
Reset (No matter where it is, it will go all the way up while turning right, then go back to the middle on the top)

I currently have it controlled via 2 sticks since there are 9 movements

Left stick
Up - 1 x Up
Down - 2 x Down
Left - Left
Right - Right

Right Stick
Up - 2 x UP
Down - 2 x Down
Left - Open
Right - Close
Fire - Reset

I will also make it controllable via a 12 button Keypad. I still have some experimenting on how attractive the screen can be before and during controlling it.

Is there enough 2600 people with R.O.B.s that would be interested in a production run of some of these?

Edited by Pioneer4x4, Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:52 AM.


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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:57 AM

I would purchase a R.O.B. if this program was released on cart!!!

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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:40 PM

That's marvelous.

One thing, one could try, is to use the robots motion in combination with other objects. Say, have the robot hold a light or laser that might highlight a map location or an action printed out on a card. That way it could interact with a board game or trivia game, etc.

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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:52 PM

That's marvelous.

One thing, one could try, is to use the robots motion in combination with other objects. Say, have the robot hold a light or laser that might highlight a map location or an action printed out on a card. That way it could interact with a board game or trivia game, etc.


Reminds me of AndroMan.

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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:01 PM

This thread is screaming for a video.

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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:02 PM

That's marvelous.

One thing, one could try, is to use the robots motion in combination with other objects. Say, have the robot hold a light or laser that might highlight a map location or an action printed out on a card. That way it could interact with a board game or trivia game, etc.

Thanks!
That is a cool idea, there has to be some neat idea of a use for it. I may try to make a video of it once it get polished up with something on the screen. Right now it is just blank gray screen waiting for an input, then it flashed out the control sequence.

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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:03 PM

This thread is screaming for a video.

I know, this is a case of "Video or it didn't happen" I will work on it.

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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:08 PM


This thread is screaming for a video.

I know, this is a case of "Video or it didn't happen" I will work on it.


I didn't mean I didn't believe you, I just meant this is something I'd be interested in seeing.

I'd ask if there's any chance we could just get a rom for Harmony use, but I don't own a R.O.B. anyway.

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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:31 PM

I didn't mean I didn't believe you, I just meant this is something I'd be interested in seeing.

I'd ask if there's any chance we could just get a rom for Harmony use, but I don't own a R.O.B. anyway.

I know, I understand. I may release a rom, once I do more to it. It is something that I have been wanting to try, and had several ideas, and finally got it working today.
Without a R.O.B. it wouldn't be much use except for testing for epilepsy.
Hmm, I wonder if it works on my LCD PC monitor via stella. Testing now!

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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:56 PM

OK, while my camcorder charges, can someone tell me how to post a video? I ass-u-me that I need to create a YouTube account or something.

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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 5:07 PM

This thread is screaming for a video.



Very, very very much so!!!!!!!!! :grin: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:

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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:52 PM

Here is a quick video, please let me know if it works.

youtu.be/QXI-43Vvw6w

http://youtu.be/QXI-43Vvw6w

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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:54 PM

Freaking awesome! The 2600 NEEDS Gyromite!

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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:01 PM

Very cool! How did you interface it? Does the ROB take screen commands, e.g. flashes of color? Don't have one, and don't know how they work.

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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:48 PM

That's pretty cool! :thumbsup:

Since you're using 2 joysticks, I gather it's the screen flashes that control it?

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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:16 PM

Yes, the robot detects a sequence of flashes for each command. It does not connect to anything, runs on 4 AA batteries. As for a usable game, the best I could maybe come up with would be something similar to "Stack 'Em".
In the video, you can see which command is being sent by the image I put on the playfield. That is just for you to confirm what is being sent, and has nothing to do with it's operation. I was pleased that it didn't interfere with it either.
In the video I sent it
Down 1 step
Down 1 step
Up 2 steps
Close
Open
Left
Left
Right
Reset

And yes, my 2600 and TV are on a UPS!

That is my "spare" R.O.B. that I lucked upon at a Goodwill. I will have to dig out my Nintendo stuff to get his "hands" and other parts.
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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:30 PM

Here is a quick video, please let me know if it works.

youtu.be/QXI-43Vvw6w

http://youtu.be/QXI-43Vvw6w


LMAOI awesome! Nice to see a ROB being put to some use. A friend of mine had one when I was a kid. I thought it was a nintendo branded door stop at first.

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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:42 PM

Nice job. This combines two of my favorite things, Robots and Atari. Hopefully someone can make a game that uses what you've done so far.

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Posted Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:19 PM

That's pretty freakin' cool. I also like the name "NON-TENDO R.O.B." That's clever.

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Posted Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:03 AM

I would buy one. :)

very cool!

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Posted Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:05 AM

This is pretty slick! Way cool..

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Posted Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:06 PM

I'd also buy one!

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Posted Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:49 PM

Put me down for a copy when (if) there is a pre-order!!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Posted Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:15 AM

Not to mensch, but what's the point? I do think its cool that you got your Atari to control ROB, but ROB was never a very useful item to begin with.

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Posted Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:24 AM

Not to mensch, but what's the point? I do think its cool that you got your Atari to control ROB, but ROB was never a very useful item to begin with.

No it wasn't, but it is now, I would like to think, a bit more useful. And the main point was mainly to see if I could do it, and if others are interested, all the better.




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