Ok, the most awesome and rapid responses to my question regarding using my EZB with the sabertooth controller makes me a lot more confident that I may actually be able to do this... (whats in my head that is...)
I had envisioned using my EZB (v3) to control by robot and run programmed routines but ALSO have the ability for me to manually override at anytime with a conventional Futaba RC controller to interact with people as they approach.
Can EZB AND a conventional RC controller BOTH be wired to simultaneously share control with one having priority but the other running if the one with priority provides no input?
Sounds kind of complicated but it would make Halloween AWESOME! (My bot is the 'G-Bot' - a Lost in Space B9 robot that has until now been just a static display. This would be sooo cool if I can do it! )
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I did accomplish this with my robot Questor which allowed me to select between R/C and EZ-B control with the flip of a switch on the R/C transmitter. But there may be better ways to do it now. See this thread:
Just My $.02
I'm certainly not opposed to controlling the robot 100% using the EZ board serial control through the ARC. I have a small notebook an iPad or my Android phone to ultimately use. Part of my consideration is cost as I'm trying to complete the project with what I have on hand another consideration is that I just like using a joystick. I just have had a really hard time learning to fly my Parrot drone well using the touch pad on either my iPad or Android phone.
and of course there's that small issue of learning how to use the whole interface and write script none of which I really have any knowledge of at this point ...
Keep the ideas coming please.
Since you are using a V3, forget about iPad. iOS doesn't support Bluetooth Serial connections, so when EZ-B for iOS is released it will be V4 only. Android works on V3 though.
to manually control th G-Bot?
PS2 Robot controller
I have no idea what the values represent in the Sabertooth control configuration screen in ARC and cannot find a tutorial on it.
I'm reasonably sure the motors and controller are wired correctly. When I had my rc reciever connected to the Sabertooth I used channel 1 for the S1 and channel 2 for the S2. The joystick operated the motors perfectly (stick forward both motors forward, stick reverse, both motors reverse and the mixing was perfect). Now, with the Sabertooth in simple serial mode (dip switches as described above) I have the EZB connected via signal wire from D0 on the EZB to S1 on the Sabertooth (with common ground) and the G-Bot moves erratically. I cannot make any sense of how those values relate to what happens when I use the control arrows or the keyboard arrows...
Hope this helps....
I could put a blade on it and use it for plowing snow in a few weeks