Release 2012.10.23.00

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This latest ARC release includes a new interface and enhancements. The new menu interface promotes productivity by making the most common features accessible. Add functions to your robot faster than ever!

  • New Menu interface update to increase productivity. Common menu items are more accessable
  • Vuzix Augmented Reality displays connect/disconnect status
  • sound servo bug fix when not connected to ez-b
  • new EZ-Script Speech Recognition ControlCommand "PauseMS". Pauses the speech recognition for the specified number of MS. (i.e. ControlCommand("Speech Recogniton", PauseMS, 500) will pause for 500 ms)
  • new optional parameter for MP3 Trigger Play. Pauses Speech Recognition for specified MS
  • EZ-Cloud interface enhancements
  • New Add Control Menu Interface
  • New Examples interface
  • New Windows List Menu interface for manipulating controls in projects with lots of controls

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No prob Dave! i think you'll also like the MP3 trigger optional parameter. It may be more useful if you're using the MP3 trigger :)


I am using the MP3 trigger and am very excited about this update. I've been looking this over but cant find how to use the MP3 trigger optional parameters. Maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place or have overlooked them. Can you give me a tip where to find them and how to use them?

Thanks, Dave Schulpius


When editing EZ-Script, there is a manual of EZ-Script commands to the right. Use the search feature to locate the syntax for the MP3 Trigger commands. Read the description and there are also examples of the syntax with the new optional parameter. :)


Nice release man! I love it, now i really need to finish my Wall-E build, just need to make time :)


Hi, all i are a new costumer! Great DJ Sures, i love your work! I want buy one EZ-Robot The Complete Robot Kit but i have read you are in work with one little but same EZ-B v3 Bluetooth Robot Controller. This are really? I wait your new hardware release or buy now?


@dobermann the little version (EZ-Mini) is having some production issues. Sadly, it won't be available for a few more months. Thank you for the kind words :)


Oh, OK, Is see. Thanks. Here is what I found for the MP3 Trigger's optional parameter to pause theSpeech recognition:

Optionally, the Pause Time value can be used which disables the Speech Recognition control for the specified number of milliseconds. Example: MP3TriggerPlayTrack( d0, 38400, 1, 3000 ) Above parameter: ( digitalPort, baud, trackNumber, [pause time] )

This is great!

Thanks, Dave Schulpius



ARC is not accepting any input after I start my test program of operating 4 ping radar panels,

all the panels are working but I can't stop, config, disconnect or even close the program.

I have to CTR/ALT/DEL to the task manager to shut it down. confused

any thoughts? tired


Ensure you have the latest updates to your operating system. Check .net 4 is most recent version. Other than that, you can try posting your project and I can take a look at it



Everything's up to date,

It's pretty simple

4 Radar Scan panels set up as D0, D2, D4, D6 as triggers and D1, D3, D5, D7 as echo's

nothing else changed and not using any servo's

nothing else in the whole program this is just a test of those 4 panels.

2 will run , 3 starts to get glitchy and 4 locks the ARC.

I'm using a 6 core AMD, 8 gigs ram, Windows 7 64 bit.


Interestingly I can run 4 ping distant panels and 4 ping collision panels all at the same time with no ill affects. :)


The ping radar controls require a servo.. You can specify NA, but that will share NA is a virtual servo. So each ping radar control will be attempting to move NA virtual servo. That will cause issues for sure. If you are using radar controls without servos, set the servos to real ports then.

Otherwise, use the Ping Distance control instead :)


That helped a-little but ARC is still responding very slowly to mouse inputs while the scanners are running also after i finally do disconnect and close the window I'm getting a windows error "ARC has stopped working"

I have not had a single issue up until the last release.


@Putt_Putt This may be a silly question, but do you have actual sensors for each panel or just running the software? And out of curiosity (safe since I am not a cat :P) what are you testing... full 360deg radar coverage? How would you use that data?


I actually have four sensors connected at this time, I want to use probably 6 but so far that's not going to happen with the radar scan panels.

As for the usage at this time that is not an issue but 360 radar is 1 option.

And using the data could be used to either avoid or track objects in multiple directions at near the same time.

I understand I could use the distant panels or collision panels but I want all my options available to me if the ARC program can provide it.

I didn't think that there would be a problem with multiple Radar panels but obviously there is and I'm just thoroughly exhausting the possibility of using using multiple Radar Scan Panels before I opt out on the EZ-B as an exclusive Radar sensor module in my overall project.


@Putt_Putt I like the radar panel myself for it's visual aspect... but as it is seems exclusively designed for the purpose of moving a servo, running a ping sensor, controlling a Movement Panel and a fancier display all at the same time (as opposed to just one or two actions with simpler displays of the other sensor panel options), I can see how running so many multiple panels might over-task either the EZ-B and/or ARC, especially if one or more of the signals is being redirected to a virtual nowhere... but even with actual servos in play, that's a lot of data being tossed around every few ms. Also, every new release adds some new features, so what may have worked in the past may not work as smoothly as other background tasks are added (and who knows, except them "programmers":) what happens different in Microsoft's .NET versions 3.5 and 4 that might add to the issue. I know I am running into a wall or two myself with other issues :)

I only have the one ping sensor, so can't test and compare notes :(... but please let us know what you find out over time... it will probably helps someone else down the road :D


Sorry , I disagree with the over tasking thought. :)

The program is running on the computer that you are using and I have an atomic reactor boiling eggs for that part.

If you look at some of these project examples on the site they are far more advanced than what I am trying to do just now.

I think that the more we advance on our ideas for our robots that more issues with the program are going to show.

I've also noticed that others are having problems with the new release also so I'll wait again for the Great Puba to see what he comes up with this time.


No prob... it was just my thoughts as I do not have the parts to test with and thus give a qualified result based on my own, smaller, reactor core:) Also, the EZ-B and blue-tooth are also part of the link in processing and passing of data, not just the PC powerhouse. I was having many issues until Josh kindly slapped my forehead for me and pointed out my aging blue-tooth dongle was the culprit :)

And ditto on the new issues as new releases come out... inevitable I suppose as more features get added then more glitches surface as more people do things that even great programmers can't possibly anticipate:) We are the final testing ground! (AKA guinea pigs :D) I am just glad that DJ actually seems to listen, even if he doesn't have time to always acknowledge such.