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about using the mcu communicator
fred miller from United States  [72 posts]
6 years
looking to use the communicator for a atmel AT91SAM9XE128-QU
its the one on NEATO XV -11 robot to control on-board lidar unit or is it better to use the usb with api commands that was finally hacked
any ideas Steven will help on this project
second would be nice to make a module for the NEATO XV-11 robot
since the LIDAR unit is very good and cheaper then any other LASER tracking units
Anonymous 6 years
Fred,

Yes, we have been watching that one and have considered writing a module for it given the recent interest in the laser unit. But the one gotcha is the cost of the bot itself. At around $400 it seems like an expensive package? Or perhaps due to the dual function it is worth it? We are just unsure of how many people would really use the Neato as a robot rather than just a vacuum. We've had some dealings with this with regards to the Roomba but have not found many using as a robot. (Largely since the Create is just as good and cheaper).

Perhaps Neato could come out with something like the Create but with the laser unit.

Plus we're crossing our fingers that some other company (perhaps Sparkfun) comes out with just the laser unit itself since mechanically its not a very complex circuit and the programming ... well, we already have that! Then things like the very inexpensive Kinect are a much more attractive alternative for indoor operations.

Thoughts?

STeven.
fred miller from United States  [72 posts] 6 years
most laser units are more then twice that much $1000 or more ,also on many forums kinect is not that great for tracking,mostly only 180 deg ,compare to 360 on neato sensor,second is the distance,close up and far away not good on KINECT sensor, i bought a neato used in good condition for $200,plus i dont like to much about the kinect is battery power more then 1 amp ,so on a robot it will kill the battery very soon on the NEATO 250ma or less

have any ideas on hooking it up to MCU COMMUNICATOR OR USING API commands with a different module
Anonymous 6 years
Fred,

thanks for the info. Seems like a good one to integrate. We'll have to search around for an inexpensive/broken one that we can use for testing.

I'm not sure about the MCU Comm module or the API as that will depend on what programming capability the Neato has. I've not yet looked at the internals to see if you can even upload a new app to it. The Create/Roomba without the programming extension does not ... its just too costly to add that. Perhaps the Neato is different?

What you need to use is the serial/usb generic modules and create the appropriate commands to the neato ... not an easy task ... also not sure if Neato even publishes those commands. It not, then its a really hard task!

Regardless, we'll keep an eye open for a Neato we can grab our hands on to do some testing ...

STeven.
fred miller from United States  [72 posts] 6 years
STEVEN
here is a neato xv-11 hack site on API calls and more by the guy who hacked the neato xv-11
http://xv11hacking.wikispaces.com/
fred miller from United States  [72 posts] 6 years
STEVEN
here is a better site for all API COMMANDS and alot more info on boards and LIDAR sensor,should make you job easy
http://random-workshop.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2010-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-08%3A00&updated-max=2011-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-08%3A00&max-results=18

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