UPX-Tech by Samantha Noxea

For the first time, I want to apologize for my not-so-good english and for that photo
(necessary due to confidentiality of project). We have begun planning this in summer of 1998.
We wanted to build a robot capable of independent operation, with a significant degree of
intelligence. This is the result. UPX-Tech (means United Planets X-Tech) is a 4 leg walker,
a complex robot based on hardware implementation of neural networks. His CNS can easily
create and use maps for navigation. When his power reserves get drained, he can walk to a
recharger and recharge himself. All the software was designed, tested and implemented
using the UP NeuroSys NSDK. UPX-Tech does have stereo-vision provided by two ccd
cameras, for better navigation a radar of 500 meters range is installed (will be
extended to 2.5 or 5 km ASAP). Each leg has 3 DOFs with position sensors, leg's end
effector is reinforced by 255 deg touch sensor. Legs are able to lock themselves
into the primary hull and get closed by the flaps (visible on the photo), resulting in
significantly decreased visibility by IR, SONAR and RADAR (stealth). Onboard equipment
includes a 100 m range wireless LAN. There was the largest problem: the LAN was
chaotic a little: whan i hacked it (to alter the transmission frequency) their comm got
more chaotic than acceptable (shifting frequency randomly, packet colission etc) so
I had used their own neural net: they have modified the config so precisely, that
the comm is more stable and has larger range than my home wireless net (with
MUCH lower pwr consumption). Another problem was with flaps servos: these
were not powerful enough to close/open them. When x-tech tried to open them and
deploy the legs, those flaps (cover that covers legs when in compact mode).
Because i needed microservos (max 0.7 cm*0.5 cm*0.6 cm) with min 1N of power.
I used old but powerful BOGUNO servos with 2 newtons of power. Then UP
released those 5*5*5 servos, so i have used them. Material is TPC (very light,
extremely strong and chemobiologically resistant). At this time, UPX-Techs
cooperate and seek new data (knowledge). Sometimes i release them into the
country (i do not live in a large city), one time they ran away from comm range
and returned with 24.1 GB of new knowledge and 40 GB of audiovideo records
(like a black box in planes and cars). They learned much about cravling on
trees and tried to classify a deer... Contact with ant nest was critical for
the ants (they are very interested in moving objects, due to hi-resolution of
the CCDs they are creating 3D models of objects and using flexibility of
neural nets they classify them... interesting). I have observed a significant
intelligence boost since the first startup. And one thing to end: they have
developed a hierarchic command structure, because of that comm mess I
have done (by a hack) (= that one of them acts as a server and those others
in a team act as clients; they already expect that more teams will be present).
You may e-mail me for questions at 720408714931@mindless.com (free) or
at research.CEO@unitedplanets.net (password in subject required, or the
mail server will not log!).

Tech data for PX-Tech (pwr data are: (voltage/active;passive)):
weight: 1.2 kg due to TPC used where possible
hull height: 7 cm
legs height (when standing): 30 cm
hull length: 18 cm
hull width: 21 cm
CPU: 3 UP NeuroComputers 1G/0.1M (each with power of 1 billion neurons@100 Tsy (terasynapses, or
trilions of synspses) each equal to a single-CPU computer with frequency at 1500 GHz and HDD of 300
TB)
Communication: 1 100 meters range Bluetooth-compatible LAN module made by UP
Servos: 12 servos in legs (as bones), 2*4 servos on leg ends (for wall crawling, “claws”), 4 servos
as hands (bones), 2*2 servos on hand ends (fingers for object manipulation and to aid legs in
crawling), 6 servos for opening of covers, all servos were UP MicroServo 3DOF 12N Ultrasilenced++
(5mm*5mm*5mm, 12V/0.1A) 
radar: 1 UP MicroRadar500; range 500m active, 10 km passive (12V/5A;1A)
power source: 1 4.2 Ah Ti-Pol battery pack (12V; 12A max), 1 fuel cell (hydrogen obtained from
liquid butane onboard, used to recharge battery pack), 1 recharge plug in the robot's hand, robot
can operate it itself, soon will be added a YM reactor (confidential) 
hull material: TPC (titanium-polymer composite) currently tested by the UP
visual sensor: 2 UP Eagle's Eye (range 10 km active, unlimited passive)(12V/8A;0.5A), set for
stereoscopic vision 
IR sensors: 2 UP FastIR22 (range 120 meters active, 880 meters passive scanning), set for
stereoscopic IR vision 
sonar: UP SonixAQ 5.12+ (range 600 meters active, nearly unlimited passive (depending on sound
strenght)) (12V/1.8A;0.25A) 
output: pure voice synth, because not so much needed, only low-level one is used (UP CyberVoice
(12V/0.1A))

This project of United Planets (UP) (a sci-tech company, interested among others in space research
and AI development) cost only € 1 million, each robot's build cost is no more than €12000
(estimation, the company itself does not use money). Time to complete was 5 years. Web site
following soon.

Email: 720408714931@mindless.com


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