My EZBv4 finally arrived after nearly 2 weeks (not ezrobots fault at all, just Hobbyking being slow and a postal strike)
As much as Im sure I will love this device, and I already love the software, some first impressions/things I need to rant about in the hope they can be improved in the future.
The "powerbase" has to be the most useless piece of injection molded plastic in robotic history. Its enormous, roughly twice the volume of the controller itself, but only contains a fuse and a barrel plug. A barrel plug that no one can use, because almost no 5/6v power brick will provide enough power and no lipo or battery pack ever uses that connector. Why not provide screw terminals instead, or deans, or xt60 or all of them or anything that will actually be used? Sure you can buy an adapter to go from a useless barrel plug to screw terminals so you can finally solder it to a usable connector; whats the point of doing it that way?
Secondly, despite being enormous, there is no way to actually mount it on anything. No screw or bolt holes, no mounting plate.. even designing a 3d printed holder is going to be far from obvious because of its weird and featureless shape. Its likely going to need glue or holes drilled in it to mount it. And even then, it wont be very secure because the controller board doesnt mount very firmly in it. Its only held in place by the flimsy power connector. Despite the relative complexity of the mold, there are no clips to secure it.
In short, its useless, Im better off taking off the shell from the controller itself, soldering a connector directly to the board (with an inline fuse) and throw the "powerbase" in the bin. Seriously DJ, injection molds arent cheap, but back to the design board for this part!
The speaker, I didnt have high hopes, but its even worse than I feared. Okay, to be expected I guess and I know I can connect my own, but still. Maybe if you are going to design a use more useful powerbase, you can add a larger and more useful speaker to it?
One last little suggestion; after connecting the ezb to my home wifi, the ezb helpfully tells me its connected, but that would be 10x more helpful if it also spoke its IP address. I know, there is a built in scanner in the software, but its painfully slow (Fing on android to the rescue).
enough ranting, now lets find out what it can do