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!
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
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*
that identified the only USB "modem;" the robot. Then I could connect to the robot with this command:
The robot responded with:
Welcome to StickOS for Freescale MCF52252 v1.90g! Copyright (c) 2008-2010; all rights reserved. http://www.cpustick.com email@example.com (checksum 0x6eff)
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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