Cosmos for robotics project

Developer
Aug 4, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Hello, I haven't visited this project for a while. However recently i've been messing with a robotics project, and i thought of an interesting idea. Would it be possible to use cosmos to control a robot through an on-board laptop? i'm currently controlling the robot through a program running on-top of windows, this works fine, though it is a bit irritating because it takes a while to setup. The robot platform i'm using communicates through a serial interface (Actually, a usb-to-serial interface). i saw that Cosmos supports USB and serial, would it support it enough to be a good robotics platform?

Coordinator
Aug 4, 2011 at 4:42 PM
theoretically, this is one of the situations we designed/are designing cosmos for.

Practically: we dont support USB yet (only for booting, but that's bootloader support), so at this moment, it wont work yet...


On Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 4:05 PM, ch2845 <notifications@codeplex.com> wrote:

From: ch2845

Hello, I haven't visited this project for a while. However recently i've been messing with a robotics project, and i thought of an interesting idea. Would it be possible to use cosmos to control a robot through an on-board laptop? i'm currently controlling the robot through a program running on-top of windows, this works fine, though it is a bit irritating because it takes a while to setup. The robot platform i'm using communicates through a serial interface (Actually, a usb-to-serial interface). i saw that Cosmos supports USB and serial, would it support it enough to be a good robotics platform?

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Developer
Aug 4, 2011 at 11:59 PM

Cool, what about serial? i have an old computer with an RS232 port, would that work? usually serial is pretty simple, and with this robot, all i have to do is just send it one byte as a command ('f' 'b' 'L' or 'r' for forward backward left or right). of course, i guess it still wouldn't really be practical because you can't get drivers to cameras and stuff which would be what would make it really useful as a robotics platform

Coordinator
Aug 5, 2011 at 12:21 AM
> Cool, what about serial? i have an old computer with an RS232 port,

Yes. You might also look at mini-itx boards.
Developer
Aug 5, 2011 at 12:37 AM
Edited Aug 5, 2011 at 1:59 AM

It would be possible to get the drivers for cameras, you'd just have to write them yourself.