Although called a "wireless" robot, it does not come with a wireless connection, although Freescale has a wireless tower board, TWR-12311, a development tool for the MC12311 system in package (price $149). Or you can use a TWR-RF-SNAP wireless board (price $149). I suggest using a small wireless module such as a Digi International XBee Series 1 module that can provide point-to-point serial communications, as well as communicate digital and analog information. Use a Freescale TWR-PROTO board to mount the XBee (or similar module). In any case, you also need a radio transceiver to communicate with the robot if you want wireless control and information communications. Digi International manufactures the XBee modules and I have used the X24-ACI-001 modules with good results in other applications. They cost about $20 each.
If you plan to hardwire a wireless module to the TWR-MECH board, you don't need what Freescale calls the "elevator" card-edge connectors that supply the card-to-card bus and control signals. If you want to use the elevators, use Freescale's part number TWR-ELEV to locate them on the Freescale or a distributor's website. Digi-Key shows some in stock for $29. The boards have four edge-connector receptacles.
You can find several references that describe the use of XBee modules and wireless sensor networks. Search bookseller Websites for "xbee" or "wireless sensor."
One final thought: The robot has metal feet that slip on smooth surfaces. I used some contact cement on the bottom of each foot and attached rubber material to reduce skidding. The thin rubber pieces sold in grocery and hardware stores as "jar-top openers" work well. Cut to fit the bottom of the feet.
Jon, that was an interesting description of your first experiences. First, I suggest you get off of WindowsXP. Windows 7 will make your machine run better and would not have the driver problem, I expect. I did the upgrade to an old machine and it definately improved the system.
I am also wondering about wireless communications. It has a USB port. I wonder if a Zigbee or Bluetooth dongle might work with this. Something to try.
Nice in-depth account of how to work with FSLBOT, Jon. Based on your hands-on experience, how might the robot help students and hobbyists dive deeper into mechatronics? And is this simply a training platform or are there possiblities for real applications based on FSLBOT?
Switched-capacitor filters have a few disadvantages. They exhibit greater sensitivity to noise than their op-amp-based filter siblings, and they have low-amplitude clock-signal artifacts -- clock feedthrough -- on their outputs.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.