11-19-2010, 10:06 AM INTERFACE The next idea in the massive brain is the interface. This is open source and allows the connection of hybrid processors. Hybrid processors establish compatibility from module to module. So a big brain can be filled with interconnected hybrid processors. An example of this is currently designed and in the building process.
11-19-2010, 10:15 AM BRAIN STEM ALMOST COMPLETE The big brain should also have a compatible Brain Stem. The Brain Stem should route specific information via the nerve center to the mobility center. A working Brain Stem Module BSM is in the works and almost completed. It include a quasi-duplex interface including half and full depending on location and direction. All information to and from the robot will pass through the BSM. The project is going very well.
Interactive Atlas of the Brain Stem - Swenson
11-20-2010, 10:18 PM HYBRID BRAIN PROCESSOR The first Hybrid Brain Processor is now working. I'm taking some photos of it and tomorrow will work more on the hybrid software. Currently it uses two languages. This HBP is essentially the first successful prototype brain stem.
12-21-2010, 08:52 AM BRAIN STEM See the 12-21-2010 entry here to the Robotic Brain Stem that was recently completed and upgraded. The Brain Stem handles the nerve sending ability for robotic motor and various motion control functions. It uses a protected interface that communicates between the 5-volt level of the BASIC Stamp and the 3.3-volt level of the Propeller chip. A serial software interface joins processors and enables inter-board communications. This is the next step in filling the big brain.
12-21-2010, 09:04 AM BRAIN BASE Adding the Brain Base to the Big Brain. Another step has recently unfolded in the quest to build and fill the Big Brain. Now completed is the first hardware Brain Base. This part of the brain has two Propeller boards interfaced in common.