Toddler for erco donations

NWCCTVNWCCTV Posts: 3,629
edited May 2016 in Robotics Vote Up0Vote Down
As many of you know, erco is a valuable tool to the Parallax forums and without him we would all have a little more money in our pockets!!!! As you may or may not be aware, erco has quite a large robot collection. However, the one that keeps alluding him is the Toddler. So, in good spirit I have decided to part with my Blue Toddler. Fellow forumista's have decided to make donations so as to buy the Toddler for erco. ( Please see this thread http://forums.parallax.com/discussion/164282/toddler-vs-bigfoot#latest ) So, here's the deal. Anyone that wants to donate may do so by sending payment via PayPal to ebay@nwupgradesplus.com Donations will be accepted through Thursday, May 26th at 8:00 PM. Once the total is tallied up, I will donate 50% of the proceeds to a charity of erco's choosing. If you plan to make a donation please post on the amount on this thread so we can keep a tally of the total.
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  • $20.00 sent. Who's next?

    Infernal Machine
  • Got it. Thank you. Next!!!
    Andy North

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  • WhitWhit Posts: 3,641
    edited May 2016 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Just sent my $20.00 - let me know that you received it, please. Thanks for doing this Andy!
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • Got it Whit. Thank you.
    Andy North

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  • ercoerco Posts: 17,856
    Gee whiz Guys, I'm half flattered and half embarassed to be a charity poster boy. Now for the record, I'm fully capable of getting one on my own. A while back, Mike Green actually offered to give me his, which was very generous, but I declined. I do enjoy the hunt. It has been fun watching this particular effort develop, but I do feel funny having people chip in $20, that seems a bit much. If it was a dollar here and there, maybe after I saved you a dollar on yet another thing you didn't need, I'd like that better. Can we rethink (and refund) the effort, which I do greatly appreciate, BTW?
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Pfft, i'm only chipping in $10! That was the original amount. ... you'very cost me much more than you'very save me !! :p
    MOV OUTA, PEACE <div>Rick </div><div>"I've stopped using programming languages with Garbage Collection, they keep deleting my source code!!"</div>
  • erco wrote: »
    Can we rethink (and refund) the effort, which I do greatly appreciate, BTW?

    I say nay! Full speed ahead is my vote. Remember the charity component proposed by the generous Andy North. Seems fun to me...

    erco has posted more bargains in the past week that I have to resist some way.

    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • ercoerco Posts: 17,856
    Ok, I've pled my case and it appears I'm unable to change the course you guys have charted. So full speed ahead and thanks guys! Yours in robotics, Toddlerco
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • I've Just sent $20.00 for erco's Toddler. Andy please let me know that you received it.
  • Got it Nikos. Thank you
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  • Funny that Erco says not to do it, and now I'm much more inclined to. Will there be a flamethrowing Toddler in our future?

    It looks like we're at $70?

    I would think that should cover it, let me know if I'm wrong, I'm supposed to be raising funds for a $2k humanoid robot.
  • NWCCTVNWCCTV Posts: 3,629
    edited May 2016 Vote Up0Vote Down
    So far I have received $60.00. Mindrobots donation will make it $70.00 when received. Donations will be accepted through Thursday at 8:00 PM. Please keep in mind that 50% will be going to a charity of erco's choosing.
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  • Okay, I popped for $10.00. It will have come from an account ending in vfr.net.

    tc
    Re-inventing the wheel is not a waste of time if, when you are done, you understand why it is round.
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  • NWCCTVNWCCTV Posts: 3,629
    edited May 2016 Vote Up0Vote Down
    TC, received, Thank you.

    Really odd that I get email confirmation for some funds being added but not all, such as this one. I had to go to my account to see it there. I will contact PayPal to see what it up. Did you receive a payment confirmation?

    Andy North

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  • NWCCTVNWCCTV Posts: 3,629
    edited May 2016 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Just an FYI for everyone, If you use the Charity submittal in PayPal the fees will not come out. They charge $.44 per $10.00 otherwise.

    @erco, please check PM.
    Andy North

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  • I did receive a confirmation. And they claim you got all 10. Odd. Is PayPAL not my friend after all?

    Actually, I didn't see the charity submittal; good heads-up for the others.

    Re-inventing the wheel is not a waste of time if, when you are done, you understand why it is round.
    Cool, CA, USA 95614
  • I did get the full $10.00. It was the one from Publison.
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  • ercoerco Posts: 17,856
    edited May 2016 Vote Up0Vote Down
    xanadu wrote: »
    Funny that Erco says not to do it, and now I'm much more inclined to.

    I forbid it! Go to your room! Do NOT pass go, do NOT collect $20 from everyone!

    BTW I still say $20 is too much! $5 or $10 for this gag is plenty.

    PayPal also has a "send money to a friend" option with no fees, FYI.
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • 10 euros.. just to mess things up ;-)
    Massimo
  • I'm not sure I understand this. The top post says 50% goes to a charity. Where does the remaining 50% go?
  • David Betz wrote: »
    I'm not sure I understand this. The top post says 50% goes to a charity. Where does the remaining 50% go?

    I don't really understand the charity side of this but the original idea was for a few of us forum member to chip in a few bucks to purchase Andy's Toddler so it could take an honored place in erco's robot collection.

  • ercoerco Posts: 17,856
    Andy: IMO your Toddler is worth $75. That was my max bid on eBay, and I got sniped at the last second. Your charity idea is a neat idea, but don't undersell yourself with the 50% option, which may be confusing people here. I say you plan to take a fair $75 first and give the rest to charity. Or if you get over $150, then revert to your 50% charity plan. Win-win!

    And BTW thanks again to everyone for making this old man's Toddler dream come true. Love the Euros to mess things up, Max!
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • What kind of equipment is needed to build the Toddler mechanical components? Is the design open source like most of the new Parallax products? I wonder if it would be possible to create the parts in a "maker space" that has a CNC machine?
  • Duane, Rick and Max72, Money received. Thank you

    erco, not a big deal. I like giving to charities when I can. I don't always have the opportunity to which is why I chose that route. Please PM me your address. Also, are you still looking for the Sumo board?
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  • PublisonPublison Posts: 9,414
    edited May 2016 Vote Up0Vote Down
    David Betz wrote: »
    What kind of equipment is needed to build the Toddler mechanical components? Is the design open source like most of the new Parallax products? I wonder if it would be possible to create the parts in a "maker space" that has a CNC machine?

    The CNC stuff would be easy, I think I have the DXF files for the legs. The problem would be the formed metal chassis and feet. It used a BS2 board, but a Propeller board would make it even better.


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    Infernal Machine
  • Oh yeah, I see the bent aluminum pieces. Not sure how to make those. Anyway, Toddler looks like a cool kit. Maybe Parallax will revive it some day.
  • David Betz wrote: »
    Oh yeah, I see the bent aluminum pieces. Not sure how to make those. Anyway, Toddler looks like a cool kit. Maybe Parallax will revive it some day.

    Of course erco would change the hard to source parts to plywood. :)
    Infernal Machine
  • I just found a new charity listing in Southern Cal....."Pedallers for Pyromaniacs"....it looks a bit suspicious! :)
    MOV OUTA, PEACE <div>Rick </div><div>"I've stopped using programming languages with Garbage Collection, they keep deleting my source code!!"</div>
  • ercoerco Posts: 17,856
    mindrobots wrote: »
    I just found a new charity listing in Southern Cal....."Pedallers for Pyromaniacs"....it looks a bit suspicious! :)

    Does "Cycling for Corvairs" sound more legit?

    Yes, Andy, I PM'ed you.

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • WhitWhit Posts: 3,641
    edited May 2016 Vote Up0Vote Down
    David and all,

    Old-timers like erco, Ken Gracey and me remember this project... The Home Center Walker - by Harry over at Blue Bell Design, Inc.
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
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