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Thursday, May 24, 2007

BrainBot - Major Milestone

So, tonight I reached a major milestone with BrainBot. For the very first time, I moved a servo, completely untethered. BrainBot is put together now, running Squeak code on the gumstix verdex, accessing the bus over USB directly at 1.0 Mbps, and talking to my PC over wifi (also USB), and running off battery.

With an ssh session into the gumstix (which runs Linux), I was able to start my Squeak image, and it sent the command over the bus to move a servo back and forth.

It may not seem like much on the surface of things, but it represents many weeks of hard work finally coming together. By this time next week, BrainBot will be walking under control of a Squeak image running on my laptop, talking over wifi to the gumstix.

Here's the movie (1.3 MB), if you're interested in seeing it - not all that exciting to watch, but very exciting for what it represents...

*The BrainBot project is directed and funded by the Brain Engineering Lab and Neukom Institute


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