Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Penguin with 12 Brains - BASIC Stamp Supercomputer


In a kind of Brain Cortex collective extension, Penguin's brain was made into a parallel cluster of processing power, rewiring the original thought processes, creating a hive or gang of Synaptic Regio, more closer to mimicking a human's brain. Overall, the operation was a great success!

As a recent experiment, the brain of Penguin Robot was disembodied by tapping into and connecting it to the BSS Supercomputer. The brain surgery was simple and accomplished by hand. Connect 3 wires, + to Vdd, - to Vss and S to P2 on Master Computer MC, as can be seen in the photos. The power of Penguin's brain became so fantastic, that accessing all the power and all the sensors and all the peripherals from 12 computers made it "THE BRAIN" of all brains! 

This photo enlargement shows supercomputing connections made from the BSS Basic Stamp Supercomputer to Penguin robot's single port at the top of the motherboard. Green is ground, red is Vdd, and yellow is signal.

For one thing, it can access all the data, computational power, sensor information, peripherals such as EMIC text to speech (Penguin is now talking), LCD, uOLED color monitor, PIR, PING))), an entire choir of piezo speakers that run at the same time, dancing lights, and all kinds of just really cool stuff! The human mind cannot begin to imagine all the possibilities of applications. With only a tiny tether, Penguin now has the biggest Brain with 12 computers running simultaneously and ability to use up to 192 ports. So now little Penguin robot has the tools, software, hardware and the power to be even more amazing!



For even more Brain Power, run the remarkable Big Brain Penguin software written by vrossi. It can increase the number of programs stored in Penguin's Brain whenever the computer is a Basic Stamp with more than one 2K bank of EEPROM (i.e. BS2p24, BS2p40, BS2pe, BS2px, etc.).  For more information about the vrossi Big Brain and to download the software:

From the PRS web site: Hundreds of programs have already been written for the Penguin; each of them gives him a specific ability. Each time you want to make your Penguin behave in a different way, however, you have to turn your Penguin off, connect him TO a PC, load another program, disconnect him from the PC and finally get him doing what you wanted. Now, instead, you can simply load once this Big Brain program and then enjoy many of the best Penguin behaviors without reconnecting him to the PC. In this way the Penguin is finally free; he is not a slave of the PC anymore. He can autonomously sing, dance, walk, navigate toward the light, migrate North, play a radio station, according to what you ask him.

Download the zip file in a folder on your PC; then load the program Penguin_Big_Brain_v10.bpx in the Basic Stamp Editor. It will automatically load also the 6 Dependent programs. Please follow the instructions contained in this main program.

Download here

For more info about the BSS Basic Stamp Supercomputer
For information and plans to build your own BSS Supercomputer, check the latest edition of Penguin Tech Magazine posted in the Parallax Robotics Forum.