Greetings. I was researching about certain controllers to use for my first ez-robot project (I'm going to try and experiment with my own version of DJ's modified Wall-E). I'm new to the subject of robotics so I might need some guidance. I have some specific questions:
1) Does the ARC program use bluetooth or just wifi connection?
2) When searching for a decent and good working controller what are some things to look for? (Any recommendations)?
3) Does it matter if you buy a bluetooth wireless controller or a non-bluetooth wireless controller and will it affect how ARC reads and configures commands correctly?
4) Depending on which console the controller is made for, would the console matter and would it affect how the robot functions correctly? (A peer at school told me PC controllers work better when used for robots? Just need a confirmation if that is necessarily true.)
Your answers will be greatly appreciated and I look forward to learning more. Thanks
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1) ARC uses Bluetooth for the deprecated EZ-B v3 and WiFi for the EZ-B v4
2) As a controller, you can use your Android or iOS mobile device
3) I would recommend using your Android or iOS mobile device and not connecting a joystick
4) If you're focused on using a joystick, I would recommend a PC video game controller, such as the one mentioned in the LEARN section help for joysticks: http://www.ez-robot.com/Tutorials/Help.aspx?id=43
Although if you do want a physical joystick I personally have used the Xbox 360 controller with great success. There are some button assignments which aren't as expected but since it's all configurable in ARC it's not an issue to make it work as desired.
Ez-b v4's use wifi connection. The old v3 uses Bluetooth.
2.Bluetooth for short distance, 2.4ghz for longer range.
3. See 1
4. Wireless Xbox 360 controllers can't connect to a pc unless you buy the dongle. PS3 I think is the same way. Next gen consoles in not sure.
True, but if you buy one labeled "for PC" it will typically have the adapter in the box. Just verify before purchase. I bought my Logitech at Microcenter, and the Xbox 360 controllers on the same shelf all had the PC adapter, but cost ~$10 more.
5) Out of curiosity, could it be possible to use voice recognition with your robot using a gaming Headset (made for PC)?
Xbox 360 USB adapter
You'll find additional controls in the Products tab on this website.
might be a good idea if we created an xinput version of the joystick control. I’ll look into that for next month