My name is Cristi, this is my first post on this forum, although I've been surfing it for a month now. I'm very happy see people sharing their knowledge here, I learned some nice things...
I'm going to purchase 2 ASURO kits for my thesis project.
Here's a short description of my project and my main problems.
My projects involves the operation of the 2 ASURO bots
(or three if this will stay withing reasonable costs) via a wireless communication between them and a laptop. The communication should be bi-directional, but only between the robot and the computer, no need to have inter-robot comm support.
The scenario will take place in a 2m x 2m
Here are my questions, I'd be grateful if anyone of you could help me with answers.
1. what is the cheapest possible way of doing the communication (in the above conditions)? Can you recommend me anything?
For example I know bluetooth works seamless on ASURO and it's easy and reliable to transfer data, but it actually costs more than the kit itself + the USB IR.
2. could I use the provided IR transceiver? From what I read it can go as far as 50 cm...? I would need something guaranteed to work double that distance
. I read that there could be upgrades to the interface to extend the reach of the transceivers.
Since the transceiver will be above the surface, I think I can say that the robots will always be within line of sight.
I must say that I'm just a little more than beginner in robotics and electronics (a fast learning one
) and that I will have to keep things as simple as possible regarding the "how to" of the communication since my main interest is actually for the java based software agents that will control the robot bodies. They will need to issue only basic commands (Fwd, Back, Turn Left / Right, Stop) and to receive some basic data from the robots (distance, sensor status, etc).
I look forward to your answers and I'd gladly answer any of your questions to make it easier helping me
Thanks and have a great day!