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Freescale's Wireless Robot Teaches Sensor Programming

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apresher
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Wireless Robot
apresher   5/9/2012 9:29:43 AM
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Jon, Very interesting technology and a way for engineers to try new ideas without needing to be a programmer. Thanks.

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Freescale's Wireless Robot Teaches Sensor Programming
vimalkumarp   5/9/2012 4:13:01 AM
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 Freescale is really doing well. Their many intiatives are really good.  Thanks for the informative description.



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Nancy Golden   5/8/2012 9:41:40 PM
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Jon, this looks way cool! With all of the discussion on STEM this looks like it would be a great addition to any school program. I used to teach a robotics club at my son's middle school - this guy would have been perfect and the price is right! I'll be very interested in learning about your experiences with it. I am of the same BASIC era with the TI99/4A - Any programming language is worthwhile in teaching students what programming is about and this should be a great starting point to get folks excited about robotics, sensors and programming in general! Thanks for sharing!

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Charles Murray   5/8/2012 8:55:52 PM
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Jon, is this tied in some way to the Freescale Technology Forum, which happens to start on the same day (June 18th) that mentioned?

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Opening up robot development
Ann R. Thryft   5/8/2012 1:41:52 PM
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Jon, thanks for reporting this. This looks like yet another way to get more people involved in designing or programming robots and the technology used in them, along with the open-source projects I've reported on:
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=240629
http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=239419

Jon Titus
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Robot Setup
Jon Titus   5/8/2012 10:48:29 AM
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I had problems with the PC setup but they stemmed from PC memory chips that had gone bad.  Set up on my Macintosh took a bit of time because I don't use the Mac for lab work and don't often use the command-line interface in the Mac's terminal window. The Mac required no additional USB drivers, but I did have to determine which USB device corresponded to the robot.  From the terminal window I issues the command:

ls  -l /dev/tty.usbmodem*

Which returned:

/dev/tty.usbmodem1d151

that identified the only USB "modem;" the robot.  Then I could connect to the robot with this command:

screen /dev/tty.usbmodem1d151

The robot responded with:

Welcome to StickOS for Freescale MCF52252 v1.90g!
Copyright (c) 2008-2010; all rights reserved.
http://www.cpustick.com
support@cpustick.com
(checksum 0x6eff)


Then I could start to operate the robot.

naperlou
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Sensors and Robots
naperlou   5/8/2012 9:23:21 AM
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Jon,I saw this on the Freescale site while looking at some sensors for a project.  I have their compass kit, and it is really nice.  I expect that this will be just as good.  Thanks for the informative description.

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