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General Discussion / Website closed
« on: July 06, 2019, 08:07:19 PM »
As no one has posted in a few years I've opened the download section up to guests and have now closed the forums. 

I'm sure I speak for everything here that I feel UBTECH has let down all the buyers of this little robot...

General Discussion / I broke my Alpha :-(
« on: December 11, 2016, 11:25:28 AM »
So, since playing with head tracking on Alpha I've been having great fun. Sadly I ignored the recommended servo limits and used actual limits. This must have put extra strain on servo 20... He's been left on over night as I went out for a few beers in tracking mode and was looking down to his limit overnight and burnt the servo out.  I've adjusted the code now to use the recommended limit so all's good going forward.

I have now replaced the servo with the spare one out of the box.. quite a straight forward process. I'm hoping I can return the faulty one to Ubtech for replacement as I was only following there guildlines for servo limits. The good news is my Alpha is back up and running.

I took a couple of photos which I've attached below so you can see what's inside his head :-)

I must say he's very well built and a great design.


General Discussion / Alpha 2 PC Software Video
« on: December 09, 2016, 08:32:45 PM »
So, I've done a quick video of what I've found so far with the PC Software, sadly without proper documentation it's quite difficult to work out.

Neuron Application / How far is it?
« on: December 07, 2016, 02:59:12 PM »
Well, I've spent a few days adding in google map distance and time.  I've also added in some basic weather which I need to expand on yet.  I've done some re-coding of things and sadly removed the blue eyes when he see's you due to cpu load. :-( ..  Quick video below; It would be nice for ubtech to add a change eye colour call.. maybe one day :-)

more to come...

Neuron Application / Face tracking
« on: December 03, 2016, 03:43:24 PM »
So, its been over a week really since I posted. The reason is I've been trying to add face tracking and it's been a royal pain in the butt..   I think I'm nearly there, he seems very good at tracking me.  Bit of a video below.. I'll double check mycode then it will be uploaded to github.



Neuron Application / Welcome to Neuron
« on: December 02, 2016, 09:36:00 AM »

Current APK Version v1.0 in the download section

Accelorometer (knows when he's fallen over and gets up)
Head Tracking
Day, Date and Time
A few jokes
Bored motion when in tracking mode
Auto copys new required actions into the actions folder
A few radio channels
Head button reading. Both buttons first turns off tracking, then radio.
Simple weather, tells you the current temprature and condition for anywhere in the world.
Find current location via IP
How long it would take to drive somewhere from somewhere
What's my IP / Location
Start of a webserver for control over phone / computer via web browser
XML load and save, now holds radio / music and jokes
Some questions, birthday, born etc..

Look at a full command list --> HERE

Welcome to Neuron. This is an application wrote to explore the possibilities with Ubtech's Alpha 2 robot .  It's a open source / shared project that can be found at the following link below;

I'm using Android Studio version 2.2.2 and also Vysor to see what Alpha is doing. I normally close Alphachat when I first start Alpha up via Vysor. This is to stop this program inturrupting things like saying you can take a picture etc..

Please feel free to contribute to the application. I myself am not a coder by profession, more a copy and paste coder, or a plastic coder as I like to call myself. :-)  So if I can create something, I'm sure you can too!

Some of the things I'm looking at adding and working on are below..

Added .. Timer (Set and ask how much time is left)
Improved .. Command recognition, now stacks incoming messages

On the list to do...
Dance / Story actions from Ubtech
Wiki search
Weather tomorrow
Location (current location save to memory)
Face Recognition
Moods (emotions)

Please join in and get involved.. I'm not a pro-coder by anymeans!!  :-)


Writing apps and coding / standing up..
« on: November 26, 2016, 09:50:27 PM »
Managed to work out how to do actions :-)  I've rewrote my accelerometer code to try and get rid of any bugs. Alpha now has to be in a position for about 2 seconds before he does anything.. within them 2 seconds he monitors the accelerometer about 20 times just to make sure he's not moving.  After this he does whats needed. If he lands on his right or left he will always fall to his front or back it seems!

Here's a little video..

Next I will either write a settings.xml which will save things like fall respond on / off etc OR I will have a go at face tracking. :-)

General Discussion / PC Software - How does it work?
« on: November 25, 2016, 10:10:45 PM »
Anyone worked out how to program actions?  I would like to program a get up action but I've played but can't seem to work it out!

I thought it looked quite easy to do.. but nope.. lol


Writing apps and coding / Accelerometer working
« on: November 25, 2016, 09:42:52 PM »

Just been playing with the accelerometer with the idea to get him to stand up if he falls over... :-) might be useful for other things too.

Writing apps and coding / Finally managed to get something working :-)
« on: November 24, 2016, 10:35:36 PM »

Just a quick video.. it's taken me ages to get to this point but things should move more quickly now I've worked out how it all works :-)  Well, nearly.. lol

Yes, Alpha is turning my lights on and off. I'm running a small arduino websever which emits 433 linked to my lightwave switches. He just calls a url when I asked him to turn the lights on and off.

General Discussion / Beat it by Michael Jackson?
« on: November 19, 2016, 01:30:31 PM »
Anyone actually heard this yet?   

Writing apps and coding / App ideas..
« on: November 18, 2016, 06:06:49 PM »
OK, just putting some ideas out there.. let me know what you think and if you have any of your own..

So.. With the recent release of Google Home and it's ability to 'cast' things to a chromecast. I was thinking it would be good to 'cast' things to the tv.  So, from things like 'Alpha take a picture' to 'Alpha show me the picture on the big tv'.. and 'keep, delete etc' becomes an option. You could cast youtube, films, music etc..

I think it would be good to get tunein or a music search radio app on it, so it can also play music throughout the day.

hmm will try and think of some more.. plus I really need to see how the sdk works.


General Discussion / Added latest Alpha2Services.apk
« on: November 16, 2016, 06:53:03 PM »
Added the latest Alpha2Services.apk ( to the download section. This is the one that was shipped with v4.1 Alpha 2.  If you have a dead alpha 4.1 with flashing eyes then this is the file you need to fix him.



Writing apps and coding / Eclipse or Android Studio for Alpha 2?
« on: November 16, 2016, 08:10:13 AM »
Hi All,

I have coded before in Eclipse many moons again when kitkat was the latest version. Now however, when I do a search Android Studio comes up, it's seems it's out of beta now so I was wondering what do people use? And, what would be better to code in for Alpha?

I'm on the verge of having a play but would like to go down the right path first :-)   This answer may also depend on what other members use..



Videos / Ubtech Alpha 2 know mathematics!
« on: November 13, 2016, 10:17:00 PM »

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