Windows Release 2016.01.15.00

Download and install the latest ARC robot programming software to experience these updates.

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Software Information
Changes:

- Soundboard STOP button stops the Movement Panel (auto position in most cases). Useful for making dance routines, the stop button will stop the last action.

- joystick control accepts ControlCommand() for reset

- camera control accepts port parameter for ezb v4.x/2 dynamic port assignment
Synthiam
#3  
There will be an upgrade option to the 4.x/2. And trust me, it's something that you want. How about 400 ADC reads per second? Or super fast (practically instant) wifi connect times? Network IP Broadcasting so you do not need to "scan" for the ezb on your network. Configurable AP mode IP Address. So far, the best test i've seen has been with all these running at once for 12 hours straight...

1) A GetADC() EZ-Script loop with no Sleep() command in the loop
2) An mp3 playing
3) Camera streaming
4) Auto Position Action Repeating

yeah, that's right :). It's pretty amazing... even though it's been a nightmare to design! Totally worth it when you experience it.
Portugal
#4  
Is it an upgrade for the current board?
Has it a microfone input? That would be cool.
#5  
I hope we here can get the first shot at buying the new ezb. I surly don't want to have to wait months if you sell out right away.

I noticed ez robot didn't do a preorder on this one. Things must be going well for the company. :)
Synthiam
#6  
pre-order was a good idea to introduce new products to test the interest level - but a bad idea for manufacturing schedule. The challenge is we're right in that middle area of growth... at the last peak before going big. The challenges we have solved over the last years has been significant, ranging from tutorials to product quality. If ez-robot would have exploded last year, neither the team or product was ready for mass adoption. It has taken thousands of man hours to get the product where it is today, and that doesn't mean we're done:)

Manufacturing of our existing product line takes up 100% of our facilities efforts. This hasn't left room for additional products, such as pre-order items. To get first article samples takes months due to existing schedule demands.

When we visit the stats on user feedback, what we see are three top topics in order of popularity.
1) tutorials
2) ez-b diy performance
3) accessories

Obviously we're trying to hit all three of those. However, they can't all be done at once. The tutorials are constantly evolving, and the learn section is a product of that effort. The tutorials also introduces the user tutorial section to engage the community to help. Outside of hiring a specific "content creator", we're on a good road there. It's nice when nearly all forum questions can be responded with "go to the tutorials", because it pretty much covers everything and is growing!

As for ez-b's diy performance... well, we built the product with the availability of components at the time in 2014. Now, 2016 introduces a whole new line of IoT specific components which we can use to leverage and introduce increased performance and stability. Although it sounds easy, it really wasn't. We evaluated dozens of chipsets and iot stacks with wifi capabilities. None of them were able to perform to ez-robot's requirements. This meant super low audio latency, super low video latency and a low latency command channel. When you really stop and think about ez-robot's capabilities and how fast the ez-b responds over wifi, there is nothing in the world that compares to it. So the closest module we could find that offered half of our capabilities was a broadcom wifi incorporating mx chip technology. We worked closely with the manufacturer over the last month and they were super supportive. They shook their heads at our performance demands, but accepted that it could be done. Numerous driver revisions from their team and hundreds of changes on ez-robot's side... and we created a module that is exponentially quicker. To be clear, this is an entirely new design that the world has never seen - nothing else exists like it. The tcp stack and firmware is 100% specific to ez-robot's requirements. Once you experience it, it will make sense. There's nothing else like it...

Finally the accessories. We get lots of requests for additional accessories. And they correspond to the first and second request as well, because performance and tutorials are necessary. The biggest delay in accessories is manufacturing. The second delay is programmers. The programmers problem has been plaguing ez-robot since day one. We interview and have hired and fired dozens of programmers over the years. When you compare ez-robot's capabilities to any other technology, there is nothing else that comes close. We touch on so many facets of technology, from custom compilers, custom real-time wifi video processing, realtime wifi audio codec, firmwares, communication protocols, etc.. and everything ez-robot uses (nearly everything) is home brew. ez-robot starts by attempting to use a product that already exists and build off it. However, since nothign meets our demands, we end up making our own or fixing theirs. This even includes microsoft's bloated TPL that we had to rewrite 2 weeks ago. Like come on, does no one else care it's 2016 and we're already supposed to have hover boards?!

Anyway, back on topic about the accessories. We need a firmware designer that can write code to my standard to meet our promised expectations. That would help us a great deal to get accessories out quicker. In the meantime, we're pushing hard and as you see on the cameras... there's no lack of effort from our team. Specifically when you see the lights on at the office until 2-3 am.
#7  
USB port? For us onboard computer junkies?
#8  
@DJ... I forgot to tell you that when I was playing with ROS (Xaxxon's ROV) the video lag was so intolerable the ROV would run into things even though I was careful on how I drove it. And even though it did SLAM pretty well I ended up tearing it apart and putting an ezb in it just for the video performance alone... Then I set out trying to duplicate their programming with ARC... I ended up achieving everything except of course for SLAM... However, I am actually happier the way the ROV performs with EZ Robot at the helm... Still, I really hope one day indoor (yeah I know, nag, nag) navigating will be an ez robot plugin or built in control in some form or another....


Here's to you hard work... Cheers
Richard:)
#9  
Super exciting. I can't wait to refit my B9 Robot with three of these. This will be my 3rd refit and I'm not even done building him. The old guy started out with four EZB v3's. Thanks again for your efforts.
Synthiam
#12  
EZ-Robot will never put a microphone on the controller :). The number of issues you already face with speech recognition - we sure won't wish to add to it by adding a microphone next to your servos. If you wish to have a microphone, buy a cheap bluetooth microphone. I use one like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Mini-Bluetooth-Wireless-In-Ear-Headphones-Headset-Earbud-Earphone-Earpiece-/351456260867?var=&hash=item51d46cf303:m:mvQFXyLcuz5Jx7NtKlQVM_A

The speech recognition explains in more detail about using microphones. Microphones are the only recommended usage for speech recognition. The learn section has a bunch of tutorials and information regarding controls, specifically the speech recognition control.

802.11ac will not benefit ez-robot, as the speed is very high and exceeds the requirements by a large factor. The cost would be increased, the distance would be decreased, and the processor requirements would add to the cost.

As listed in the previous page, the ez-b v4.x/2 is a performance increase and stability increase. It will replace the existing module and be shipped with every new robot starting in a little over a month. Manufacturing is happening as i type this.
#13  
Sounds good. I was only asking so that I knew if a new access point needed to be budgeted for:)
Synthiam
#14  
lol - well, we got the linksys wrt1900ac and it's pretty good - even though we run it in G mode due to distance issues with others
#15  
@DJ, Is this a whole new ezb or an add on board/replacement?
Synthiam
#16  
Replaced the top board of the ez-b v4.x
#17  
Will we be able to buy replacement board seperate from the v4.2 to add to our existing v4 or have to purchase all new v4.2 ezb's. ( sorry if it's been answered I've been super busy)
Synthiam
#18  
You will - the board will be sold separately as an upgrade with detailed instructions on the upgrade process.
#19  
Can't wait to try the new version. I've got my first Boxbot built and I'm trying different controls on it. Also, big thanks to tech and warranty support for help with my camera problem, you guys are great.
Synthiam
#20  
That's great feedback @cparks! I'll make sure james gets the message about his effort:D
#21  
That's awsome DJ! Thanks for the info.
United Kingdom
#22  
@DJ.

Just to echo what the other guys have said. Thanks for all your efforts. Looking forward to the new board upgrade too.:)