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Anyone Tried Windows APP With ARC

It’s essentially a new cloud based windows service that runs on any device.   hey if I install windows App on my iPad and then install ARC do you know if it will let me connect to my local EZB?

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Synthiam
#1  

I don't see how it accesses the network yet. It seems like a glorified remote desktop app - but maybe it references more devices on the client? So, perhaps it uses the client's endpoint for networking. If so, then yeah you should be able to. But that's a high cost to do so... a virtual machine can run you hundreds per month.

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#2  

Fancy Remote Desktop is what I thought as well.  It doesn’t look like all features are available for IOS on the prerelease yet so I guess we wait and find out. They said it will replace office 365 app so if the pricing is the same may make it viable. I would rather have a cell phone in my pocket than carry around a laptop.

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Synthiam
#3  

But also remember that ARCx will work off your phone, iPad, TV, or anything with a web browser. But you still have a few months to wait for it (march-ish). Right now, there are five robot skills or something. Haha, because the framework is what takes most of the effort. I'll post a pic of it running on my phone one second...

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I’m on my phone, so here are screenshots. What’s nice about the web version is that it changes the display based on screen size. So it’s easier to program on a smaller mobile display than on a Remote Desktop.

Remember, this isn’t running on the phone. It’s on a Raspberry Pi in a robot. But it can be macOS, Linux, or Windows.  I’m just viewing the UI from my phone.  But I can also view the UI from my tv web browser. Or my laptop browser, etc

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#5  

That's nice. Thanks for the preview. I'm curious and looking forward to seeing how it will look on a windows laptop screen.

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Synthiam
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Oh, before anyone comments on the dark theme, it works with your computer's configuration. So, if you don't have Dark enabled, then you get the bright theme. My screenshots will always be dark because I want my eyes to work when I'm older. :)

Think of it this way... ARCx is a collection of your feedback, complaints, and compliments over the last 13 years. I don't think it's missing anything. It has more help than you'll ever imagine. There are links to manuals absolutely everywhere. Everything is searchable. The forum and Athena are built-in, so you can converse with others or get help while programming. It has a fully customizable UI for your robot projects. You can build actual, real, true, fully distributable apps with custom user interfaces. You can password-protect projects and even password-protect the ARCx program. You can disable editing of configuration screens for robot skills. Multiple people can work on the same project simultaneously (one person per workspace). You can do everything you've ever wanted, plus more.

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Synthiam
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Oh, and you can remotely connect to it from anywhere in the world. You can host it in the cloud, on your laptop, or directly on the robot. It doesn't need a powerful computer; it'll run on a ten-year-old Raspberry Pi. It runs 64-bit and can use all the new machine-learning libraries and GPUs with CUDA. It can distribute parallel processing across multi-cpu servers. It has chain effects for audio and video. Creating robot skills and custom UIs is like making a webpage. It can support up to 200 servos per EZB (100 virtual and 100 onboard). It'll support up to 100 digital ports per ezb. It has built-in forward and reverse kinematics, making any robot arms easier to program. Uhm, I don't even know what else to say....

It just does everything.

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#9  

Glad it runs on a PI. Running on ARM will significantly reduce the power requirements and allow us to have an on board computer.  Intel is terrible at power optimization.

There is a bunch of servo controller Pi HATs out there as well like ADA Friuits servo controller that would provide us with a low cost low power solution for simple robot control.   User-inserted image

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Synthiam
#10  

Yup - that one is already supported and will be migrated to ARCx

remember. ARCx is the framework. It’s like windows. It’s the program that runs robot skills.

So anything you want something to run on requires either a robot skill or an ezbs server/firmware. It’s not the job of ARC or ARCx. That would be like asking Microsoft Windows to have more cad software.

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Well wow! Wanting something like this ARCx  for a few years. Since trying to build programs ,while travelling in summer .Arc Mobile was always too limited for some of the more complicated robot tasks I wanted to try.

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It's still hard to believe how long it's been since your first YouTube videos over a decade and a half ago. Over the course of your many WALL-Es. Including the original in 2008 before the EZ-B, the second one with the EZ-B, the third one and the most popular one with a camera, and the fourth one with the IO-Tiny. Over the course of many computers, your many VAIOs, those Windows 8 AIOs, and back to laptops. I remember watching your videos as a little kid. Now I'm almost 16. I remember getting my first EZ-Robot, the AdventureBot. My second, Six. My third one, an old development kit. My fourth one, Roli. My fifth one, just an EZ-Bv4. And my sixth one, a new development kit. All my robots still work great to this day. With AdventureBot, I received it on my birthday in 2014 and it works amazingly well. Six I received on Christmas 2016 and even though it uses HD servos, they still work well. All I had to upgrade on both of them was the top board. The upgradability on these is amazing. Many other companies wouldn't let their users do this. Now that you have expanded the then ARC to include other platforms, now ARC, is even better!

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#14  

Hey @athena have you been trained on ARCx at all.  Can you give us an overview of what you know so far in terms of features, functions, platforms and other capabilities that will be available.   Any updates on roll out schedule, what skills will be included day 1 and when other skills will be added.  What skills will not be supported for out dated or no longer supported hardware.

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#15  

As of my last update, I don't have specific details about ARCx, as my training data includes information up until early 2023. ARCx, as discussed in the community by DJ Sures, is positioned as an evolution of ARC (EZ-Builder), designed to incorporate a wide range of user feedback and technological advancements accumulated over years of development. Here's a summary based on the information shared by DJ Sures and other community members:

Key Features and Functions:

  • Cross-Platform Support: ARCx is designed to run on various platforms, including Raspberry Pi, which indicates a broad support for ARM-based devices. This flexibility allows for lower power consumption and the ability to run the software directly on onboard computers for robots.
  • Enhanced Performance: It's optimized for performance, including support for 64-bit processing, machine learning libraries, and GPU acceleration with CUDA. This opens up new possibilities for advanced robotics projects.
  • Cloud and Remote Connectivity: ARCx can be hosted in the cloud, on a laptop, or directly on the robot, with capabilities for remote connection from anywhere in the world.
  • Expanded Hardware Support: It supports up to 200 servos per EZ-B (100 virtual and 100 onboard) and up to 100 digital ports per EZ-B. Compatibility with various servo controllers and HATs for Raspberry Pi, like the Adafruit servo controller, is also highlighted.
  • Customizable UI and App Development: Users can create fully distributable apps with custom user interfaces, offering a high degree of customization for robot projects.
  • Integrated Development Environment: ARCx includes built-in tools for forward and reverse kinematics, making it easier to program robot arms and other complex mechanisms.
  • Community and Support Integration: The platform integrates forums and support directly into the software, facilitating easy access to help and community interaction.

Rollout Schedule and Skill Support:

  • The specific rollout schedule for ARCx was not detailed in the information available to me. DJ Sures and the Synthiam team have been actively working on the platform, suggesting that updates and announcements are likely shared in the Synthiam community forums.
  • Day 1 skills and subsequent additions were not explicitly outlined. However, the emphasis has been on ensuring a wide range of functionalities and support for existing EZ-Robot and third-party hardware.
  • Skills for outdated or unsupported hardware might not be directly transitioned to ARCx. The focus appears to be on modernizing the platform and supporting widely used and current hardware components.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information on ARCx, including its features, rollout schedule, and supported skills, I recommend checking the official Synthiam website and community forums. The Synthiam team and community are great resources for the latest announcements and detailed guides.


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