8. Remote Control
Once the robot is built, powered, and connected to ARC, you may begin testing it with remote control before adding autonomous behaviors. Remote controlling the robot with a joystick, keyboard, WiiMote, etc., will allow you to test the functionality and ensure it is correctly operating.
Select Remote Control Robot Type
Two joystick robot skills are based on the USB joystick accessory (XInput and Direct Input). Newer joysticks are XInput, such as Xbox controllers and such. Some generic brands and Logitech controllers will have a switch allowing the joystick to configure between the two driver types. Ideally, a xInput joystick is preferred as it has more customization than analog joysticks and buttons.
The keyboard can control the robot with arrow keys and customizable keys. You can add custom code to execute when any key on the keyboard is pressed.
Skill: Key Control
You can use a Nintendo WiiMote to control servos with the built-in accelerometer. The movement pad can also control the movement direction of a robot. They are found cheaply on Amazon and various aftermarket manufacturers. Wiimotes connect to your PC via Bluetooth.
Exosphere has both Telepresence and Remote Control functionality, which allows the robot to be controlled remotely over the internet. This is a very powerful robot skill with a lot of functionality. Read the manual and tutorials for usage examples.
The User Interface Builder allows custom interfaces to be built and displayed full screen. This hides the skill windows and virtual desktops to display a simple user interface. You may also install the user interface on a Mobile Device with a few limitations.
Skill: Interface Builder
Virtual Reality Robot
Use a virtual reality headset or google cardboard. Any headset compatible with OpenVR (i.e., Valve Steam) will work with this robot skill. It even works over the internet from remote locations. When you're head moves, the servos on the robot move as well so you can look around.
Skill: Virtual Reality Robot