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Communication & Control

Communication & Control modules will help you control your robots from a distance, by receiving or sending information. In addition to radio-frequency modules, we have infra-red, voice, and some wired options.


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  • XBee Shield for Arduino
    Amazing Product, just be careful.
    Review by Thushanth
    Amazing module to integrate Xbee onto arduino and you can use the Analog IN ports like usual with the xbee shield. Just be careful how you carry the board. The pins are easy to bend both lower and upper.
    (Posted on 9/27/14)
  • RooTooth Bluetooth Wireless Roomba Interface Module V2
    Rootooth Rocks!
    Review by Paypaldon
    RooTooth rocks! Im wheelchair bound. I can now clean my floor with my Roomba via my phone on my Jaco robotic arm
    (Posted on 9/23/14)
  • XBee Module 2mW PCB Antenna - Series 2 (ZigBee Mesh)
    Products exactly as described.
    Review by MIN-HSUN
    Products exactly as described. Superfast shipping. Thanks!
    (Posted on 9/18/14)
  • EasyVR Speech Recognition Module 2.0
    Easy to use, reasonalby accurate. Best deal for the money!
    Review by Ron
    I got the easyVR board and immediately discovered that I needed the development board to really use the board effectively. No problem, another 15 bucks. It took a while to figure out the software but you can do it in an hour or two and have an arduino uno recognizing speech words.
    The main shortcoming of the system is background noise, which is a problem with all speech recognizers. The system would not recognize while I had the window air conditioner running in the room. With the room dead silent the unit is very good. The unit has AGC that will take whatever background noise there is and put it to a reference level. So even fairly low volume background noise will interfere with the recognition.
    A second problem seems to be the AGC adjustment to the voice input. I found that the unit would not recognize after ten minutes or so. After I spoke several words it began recognizing and was then accurate. Seems to take a bit of speech for it to get the volume level correct.
    The last problem I found is that there are some words you cannot program. It refuses to accept words in its internal vocabulary for some reason. This can be a real hassle if you need only a number or two and not the whole range of numbers. Using the entire built-in library of numbers of course uses more of your precious memory! I guess you could go into the source code and chop out the stuff you don't want.
    The supplied software generator is very clever! It will generate a compilable source code with your speech words for the arduino uno for sure, and possibly others. The code generated is heavy so you will want to chop out a lot of it in your final application to save memory, but it gives you an instant runnable program to put in your project. That is really a huge advantage for new programmers! (and for us old hats too!)
    The only complaint I have with the package is the documentation, which is sort of haphazard. If you follow exactly what they show you will get results, but there are a lot of questions you will need to spend time figuring out for yourself.
    (Posted on 9/3/14)
  • XBee Shield for Arduino
    Easily add XBee functionality to Arduinos
    Review by David
    I didn't realize how useful XBee radios were until I bought an Arduino Fio which has the XBee holder built-in. This XBee Shield is a great way to add the same functionality to other Arduinos,,, I've used it successfuly with the Uno and Bluno. I own several different products from this manufacturer (IteadStudio) and am satisfied with their quality.
    (Posted on 9/3/14)
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Phidgets Lesson 1: Installing Phidgets Drivers

Posted on October 17, 2014

By Kat Dornian & filled under Phidgets Tutorials.

  Phidgets are easy to use sensors and controllers for programmers. After just a bit of coding, you’ll have your computer connected to the real world via an assortment of sensors as well as motors, relays, remote control, RFID, LEDs and more! But first, you’ll need to get the drivers installed, and luckily, it will take less [...]
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Embrace Wearable Technology and Become a Cyborg!

Posted on June 19, 2014

By Mario Tremblay & filled under Industry, Wearable Technology.

  Even today’s young people have heard of Steve Austin, The Six Million Dollar Man, and his girlfriend, The Bionic Woman. After separate accidents, each of them was surgically repaired and enhanced by the government and they became secret agents. Steve Austin could run 60 miles per hour, had arms with the power of a [...]
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Robot Construction Kits

Posted on April 23, 2014

By Coleman Benson & filled under Robotics Projects & Kits, Where to Start.

Robot Construction Kits can be distinguished from normal robot kits since they use modular parts and allow you to assemble different robots using the same parts. A robot kit on the other hand only allows you to build one robot. Robot construction kits are a great investment because they tend to include everything you need [...]
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Robot Reverse Engineering: Designing an Autonomous Transatlantic Boat

Posted on March 06, 2014

By Jeffrey Arcand & filled under Entertainment, Robotics Projects & Kits.

Some of you may have hear about Scout — The Autonomous Transatlantic Robot. She is a 12-foot long robotic solar-powered boat designed and built by 7 college/university students from the USA. She was launched in August 2013 from Rhode Island and programmed to autonomously cross the Atlantic Ocean to her destination in Spain. Although she [...]
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Meet Sid

Posted on December 18, 2013

By Coleman Benson & filled under Competitions, Entertainment, Lynxmotion, Software and Apps.

“Sid” is Si digital’s latest interactive remotely-controlled robotic arm. According to their website: “Sid was created as one of our many hack weeks here at Si digital. The underlying objective is always to create something as a team that we wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to do with client work. Ideally it will expand our [...]
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The SSC-32 accepts serial commands, which almost all microcontrollers can provide. You should not need a third board. Be sure to connect your microcontroller's Tx pin to the SSC-32's Rx pin (and vice versa) and also connect GND to GND (common ground). You may also decide to power the SSC-32's logic ...
2014-10-08 09:52 by CBenson
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... arm ALS5A/B/C/D, for that what exactly I need to purchase if I need to control this ARM from PC using serial communication with my own software written in Labview... Is there any better way to program ...
2014-10-08 04:59 by MSD
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Hello, i am begginer too in building a robotic arm with ssc-32 board and i would like to know if i can send commands directly to ssc-32 board from the basic stamp programming platform without any other boards connected to the ssc-32. Is that possible or i have to buy a new board to wire it with the ...
2014-10-08 04:59 by Maria_13
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Good day, Dear support team, I’m a seaman and communication is most important part of my marine life. Frequently we use wi-fi ... I made antenna bracket with servo to operate antenna direction by remote control. (see video, attached link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFSG_X6KHn8&feature=autoshare ...
2014-09-30 03:30 by aleksey85
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... to take, your Kinect C++ program can be the client connecting to a Network Server component in FlowBotics Studio. You will then need to decide a communication protocol for your client-server system, and then implement it in both programs. Hope this helps and let us know if you have any questions,
2014-09-23 18:40 by jarcand
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... i want to send the results from the kinect to the arm. I wrote a c++ code on visual studio for the kinect and i will use the flowbotics studio to control the arm, how can i make the visual studio and the flowbotics studio communicate?
2014-09-23 06:33 by Maria_13
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As indicated by Kurte, we'd need more information before we can give any suggestions.
2014-09-18 14:12 by CBenson
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... spare) If you are considering RB-Dfr-148, it seems you want wireless communication, and would need two XBee style wireless modules per rover. ... This would make for a programmable robot or one which you could control wirelessly. Note that the basic rover kit does not include any sensors ...
2014-09-18 09:35 by CBenson
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... uploaded these files to the Botboarduino https://github.com/Lynxmotion/Quadrupeds When I turn it on the lights come on but there is no communication from controller to unit. When I hit Start nothing happens. There's no beeps or anything. On the signal receiver unit the left red ...
2014-09-17 10:47 by JGwizdala
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Can you provide an image or two of the setup? The blue LEDs are only aesthetic, and the others are for power and communication.
There is sample code loaded on the board, but you should really upload your own.
2014-09-15 08:17 by CBenson
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Sorry, I don't have enough information to give a clue here. Information, like what robot or the like, what servos, what software was loaded on the botboarduino. Are you following a tutorial, if so, which one and what step are you up to.
2014-09-10 09:21 by kurte
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Hi, After doing a calibration for the SSC-32 the PS2 works and we can hear the beeps but the servos do not move.
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I have the BotBoarduino connected to the SSC-32 board
I've included images of both boards
Thanks
2014-09-09 14:34 by sebav
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... I have already asked Dongbu about all the extra parts included in the Hovis eco plus kit. I got no specific answer, just something about the communication pack I asked about in the same message. Let's remain in contact, Dongbu seems to be a bit stingy about their Hovis robot. Even the ...
2014-08-06 08:40 by pumats
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... i was wondering would I be able to control the botboarduino through serial communication through Bluetooth. Thanks, THE MECH IS BLACK
2014-07-29 22:18 by THE MECH IS BLACK
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... They are receiving servo position commands over serial cable from the controller. As well as power from an external power supply. I intend to add ... Battery - Removing the need to be tethered for power. Wireless Communication - either Zigbee or Bluetooth. IMU - to add extra dynamic stability ...
2014-07-11 11:51 by blobbington
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