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Controlling Ez-robot From Ez-openbot Without Bluetooth

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#1

We are doing a proof of concept project here at DirecTV to see if we can control the ez-robot from our set top boxes. The STB runs an embedded linux but most likely won't have bluetooth capability. Does the ez-robot stack support any other way of pairing? Does ez-openstack run entirely over bluetooth or does it move to tcp-ip once it pairs?

Thank you,
Kelvin

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#2

Current EZ-B is Wifi, not Bluetooth. Bluetooth was used in the previous now discontinued (but still supported) version.

Instead of EZ-Open Bot, take a look at the Mono SDK which is provided by EZ-robots rather than a community member who does not seem to be actively updating the code: http://www.ez-robot.com/EZ-Builder/mono

Alan

#3

Thank you for pointing me in the proper direction. Wifi should work for us much better. Smile

#4

If you do this, I may just switch my TV from FiOS to DirectTV. Would love to hear what plans you have (you should be aware that the EZ-B v4 supports its own camera, also connected via WiFi. A mobile camera, viewable on my TV through my DirectTV box (maybe even Picture in Picture?) would be awesome for security, baby or elder care monitoring, and just fun.

Alan

#5

One other suggestion. Although obviously your ultimate goal is to have this running on your Linux box, I suggest downloading EZ-Builder for Windows to get an understanding of what EZ-B can accomplish. It will make the functionality exposed by the SDK make much more sense if you see the EZ-Builder equivalents.

Alan

#6

I downloaded the mono sdk but the EZ-SDK Mono.zip does not contain source code. It looks like it only contains windows dll and an xml file.

[kishigo@kishigo-centos6 sandbox]$ unzip -l ../../Downloads/EZ-SDK\ Mono.zip
Archive: ../../Downloads/EZ-SDK Mono.zip
Length Date Time Name
--------- ---------- ----- ----
78911 01-30-2015 23:04 EZ_B.xml
98304 01-30-2015 23:04 EZ_B.dll
--------- -------
177215 2 files

The link describes using with a raspberry pi but we would prefer to port into our customized linux stack. Is this possible?

Thank you

#7

We have explored the robot via the windows EZ-Builder and believe it will suit our needs for the project. That's why we are looking for a way to drive it from linux. Smile

#8

Ok, I see the apt-get of mono-complete. I'm guessing that's the source lib?
We cross build on centos 6.3, is there a yum rpm for it? Or is it available on Ubuntu linux PC's?

Thank you

#9

DUH, now I get it. I don't think mono is an option here, we are space constrained on our platform and adding a windows compatibility package for the robot will be hard to justify. For POC, maybe though. Frown

#10

You have reached the extent of my knowledge on this. Hopefully DJ will see this and respond. I believe at least one user did get EZ-Open bot to work with the Wifi EZ-B. Certainly won't have access to all features unless someone updates the package, either the original user or someone else (it is open source after all).

Alan