Release 2012.02.17.00

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HTTP Server Live Control
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- The new Live control in the HTTP server allows connected devices to interact with ARC in real-time over the web browser. This includes ipad, iphone, android, firefox, safari, internet explorer, and even blackberry. Do people still use blackberry?
- Does not require any additional plug-ins or activex stuff:) . It's just magic!
- Now you can control your robot at home from the office with your phone

Brookestone Rover Support
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- ARC now supports connectivity to the Brookstone Rover and the Rover's Camera.
- The brookstone rover panel works like all other panels - speech recognition, joystick, wii, webserver, camera tracking, etc...

Camera Control
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- I've made the camera control size adjustable. You can full screen the image, if you'd like to see large pixels :). Or you can hide the settings and fit the window somewhere snug away.

Pulse Width Modulation
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- The new pulse width modulation control allows pulses of current to simulate voltage control. This means you can adjust the speed of an HBridge, or the brightness of an LED

Touch Pad Movement
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- Drag your finger or the mouse cursor and sketch the route of your robot. When you release your finger, or mouse the robot will drive that path.
- This control compliments any movement panel.
- Control takes some configuration to adjust turn distance and forward speeds.

Touch Movement
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- Instead of using a regular movement panel, this is great for tablets. Lets you drag your finger on the screen to move the robot.
- Controls any movement panel.

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How are you updating, make sure you use the firmware updater?
when you download the ARC from the site there is a program to update the firmware so each time DJ puts out an update you have to update the firmware on the EZ-B board itself and also redownload ARC for its new features. Remove ARC via Control Panel/Uninstall Program redownload ARC off here when finished downloading there should be a EZ-B firmware Updater under ARC folder.
The message also provides you with a YES, NO, CANCEL dialog. If you read the message, you may press YES and watch a video tutorial on how to update the firmware.
the correct port for my EZ-B is COM40 but if I put that I get this message:

Attempting connection to COM40
Comm Err: operation timeout.
BbytesToExpect: 1

Connection Failed: System.Exception: Controller Not Responding
in EZ_B.EZB.Connect (String portName)

and I start to connect ONLY with COM3, but it is not the right one shortly after I get the message:

Attempting connection to COM3
EZ-EZ-B reports B Firmware V8, 5
Press the UPDATE button to start upgrade
ping Usending
ping Usending
Usending bootloader
Failed to load bootloader!
Have you selected the correct COM port B-EZ? Use the Help menu option to view the online help and watch a video demonstration.

and so I can not update the firmware and I can not use the EZ-B

You know why I can not update?
I managed to start the upgrade but when the bar fills up at the end of the upgrade does not stop but continues and never ends.
But I did not understand what is the contents of the utility that I need to copy and paste.

thank you;
Have a nice day
If you watch the video, it will explain every detail. You can watch the video here:

the beginning of the download works fine but when the bar is completely siempie then nothing happens, I tried to wait even longer than 15 minutes but nothing happens, remain the same as in writing:

Attempting connection to COM40
EZ-EZ-B reports B Firmware V2
Press the UPDATE button to start upgrade
Starting the Boot Loader ...

sending ping
sending ping
sending bootloader
I am EZ-B BootLoader. Gimmie Firmware!

Updating ... (16,384 Bytes)

appears and then nothing, so is doing nothing, but I do not report errors, remains the way it is.

Thank you :)
2 things to add:

1) Never have ARC opened while your updating the firmware

2) the update should only take around 5 minutes
during the update while it says: Updating ... (16,384 Bytes)
watch the progress bar it will update as the data is transfered
when the firmware is completed updating it will tell you to restart the EZ-B
at this point close the Firmware Updater and then unplug the power to the EZ-B and replug power back in
at this point your ez-b should be updated and ready for combat
when I get the message: Updating ... (16,384 Bytes) of the bar loading begins to elongate, but when the bar is full of all nothing happens, whether I close the EZ-B (as I usually do) and if I leave and open my new EZ-B is brand, I opened it yesterday!
possibly not able to complete the upgrade because my version of firmware is V2 and is too low compared to the V15, 2, can be so?
I am sure DJ will help in anyway to see this issue resolved I have never seen my board have an issue of not sucessfully upgrading the firmware, and I've had alot of updates I had to do as DJ went through a phase of never leaving his computer LOL.
I do think that the software does not feel the EZ-B because if when it comes to writing:
I am EZ-B BootLoader. Gimmie Firmware!
If I unplug the EZ-B before the appearance of next word (Updating. .. 16,384 bytes) (but also after) does not give me any error message, but even if I turn off the wi-fi!
I don't think it is wise to unplug your ez-b while it is attempting to upgrade the firmware. What bluetooth device are u using to interface with the ez-b board?
I disconnected the only 2 times, once after 34 minutes, and another to see if he said something, though the bluetooth is built into your computer and do not know what model it is.:(
hey DJ, does HTTP server live control needs a strong internet connection to have a fast response in the web browser or it just depends on pc/laptop/android/ipad/iphone specs?
Faster the kbps rating and ping time the better your response will be. Its impractical to control it remotely without high speed / broadband class internet. Phones or tablets with a descent 3g connection or higher should work well.