So I finally ordered my very own V4 development kit, and was happy to receive it the other day. Nice packing, and have already powered it up and connected to
the computer with ease, amazingly.
The only thing I'd have to say I was little disappointed with, is that the camera and the ultrasonic sensor do not arrive in their own plastic enclosures, yet if you buy these two items separately, they do come installed in their proper enclosures.
On a different note, I understand one can send voice/and or sounds thru the speaker on the EZB instead of my pc? I'm sure I've seen this mentioned before but can't find it on here.
I also see why its recommended to use a lipo battery instead of the typical AA batteries. It seems just after having the sonar sensor, the camera, and just one servo connected, that the AA batts I used (new ones too) were being drained rather quickly, as I was getting the "low battery" alarm voice after a short time of use.
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In regards to the sound coming through the EZ-B speaker, on the ARC menu ribbon, when you click on audio you will see two soundboard options. One is for playing sounds, music ect through the PC, and the other (soundboard EZ-B) plays sounds through the EZ-B speaker. Another thing you can try is opening up a scrip control. When you type in the following...
it will play through the PC's speakers. But changing the code slightly to read...
the phrase will be spoken through the EZ-B speaker.
In regards to batteries, the AA ones don't really supply enough amps to power things like servos and the camera ect (as you have noticed), where as the LiPO's or Nimh batterers packs supply much more of a punch in regards to power and are by far the much better option.
Anyway have fun and happy building.
The Developer Kit is generally for those that aren't using the Clip'n'Play Revolution platform, or are doing a different custom project. The plastic enclosures were meant for users to be able to clip the pieces onto their Revolution robots (like JD, ROLI, and SIX).
Regardless, thanks for your feedback!
Although I knew going in that the developers kit didn't have the enclosures for the camera and ping, I agree it would be nice to be able to order them as add-on's.
When I had a V3 board, I used 5 non rechargeable Lithium AA batteries and they actually lasted several hours in the same boxbot, but much more expensive over time and wasteful compared to rechargeables.
Well, off to do some more stuff, catch ya later!