LattePanda

LattePanda

Connection Type
Wi-Fi / USB
Number of servos
12
Audio Support
Yes
Camera Support
Yes

The LattePanda is a small single board computer (SBC), similar to the raspberry Pi and a kabillion times more powerful. The LattePanda can run Windows 10 and therefore, a full version of ARC! The LattePanda also has an Arduino Leonardo built on-board, which means you can load the EZB Firmware and have a self contained and very capable PC robot controller. This firmware works with ARC versions greater or equal to 2019.06.25.00.

* Connection Notes *

Due to an undocumented bug feature (?), the Arduino Leonardo's USB serial driver requires DTR Enabled to trigger received data events. This can be done by viewing the Connection Config screen (same place you set the baudrate) and checking DTR Enabled checkbox.

Arduino Firmware

In the meantime, download the Arduino firmware below. You can program on the Arduino Leonardo that's built into the LattePanda. By adding this firmware, you can connect ARC to the local Arduino and control the GPIO directly.

Download Arduino Leonardo Firmware: EZ-Genuino_Leonardo.zip

Pinouts

The Digital pins from 0-14 can be used for PWM, servos and digital on/off. The ADC ports are 0-5 for analog input. Digital pin 0 is Uart #0 RX, and digital pin 1 is Uart #0 TX.

DF Robot has a fantastic shield for the lattepanda that both powers it from 7-12v and breaks out the I/o for servos and sensors. We highly recommend getting the shield to reduce spaghetti wiring on your robot :). Check it out here: lattepanda shield


EZ-Robot EZ-B v4 Direct Connection

While the onboard Arduino Leonardo is convenient, the amount of gpio is limiting. For those who wish to directly connect an EZ-B v4 to the LattePanda can do so and have full access to the 24 gpio, 3 hardware UART, 8 adc, i2c, digital switching power supply and real-time streaming audio.

  1. The camera port of the EZ-B v4 will be used for the hardwired connection. View the datasheet of the EZ-B v4 to see the pinouts of the camera connection. It's best to modify an existing EZ-Robot camera cable to access the pins. Connect the EZ-B camera's TX to LattePanda pin #2 (D0 RX) on the Arduino header. Connect the EZ-B camera's RX to LattePanda pin #4 (D1 TX) on the Arduino header. Connect the EZ-B camera's GND to LattePanda pin #23 (GND) on the Arduino header.
  2. The EZ-B v4 web configuration must be configured in the Advanced Tab to change Serial/USB Connection to 256000 BAUD. This is done by connecting to the EZ-B v4 via Wi-Fi and visiting http://192.168.1.1 in your browser. Select Advanced Settings and change the Serial/USB Connection dropdown to 256000. Press the Save and Reboot button.
  3. Upload the following program to the onboard Arduino Leonardo on the LattePanda: EZB_Passthrough.zip. Due to the lack of hardware UARTs on the LattePanda, this converts the onboard Arduino Leonardo into a USB UART adapter at 256,000 baud.
  4. In ARC, press the CONFIG button on the connection control and enable DTR Enable.
  5. Select the COMx port from the drop-down in the connection control and press CONNECT. You are now connected to the EZ-B v4 via hardwire for instant response and no latency.

  6. Installation Tips & Performance

    We have a guide in the Support section that includes steps on freeing storage space and increasing the performance of robot computers, such as single-board computers. View the instructions HERE. Additionally, if running headless we have tips HERE.

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#7  
I don't know about any of that but when buying a computer or laptop I've always bought one with as much power and space as I could afford. Keep it simple and powerful. I often got over powered rigs but never was disappointed by their performance.
PRO
Synthiam
#8   — Edited
It has usb 3 so you can add an external solidstate drive. Blue usb connector is usb3

I never ever suggest running any software off an sdcard. It’s much to slow. A usb3 drive will have a theoretical transfer speed limit of 5gbps. A sdcard is between 2mbps and 4mbps

also, always buy ssd drives. They’re so cheap. $15 for a 120 gb ssd
#9  
Thanks DJ, I am looking at the 4 Gig ram 64 Gig storage Panda unactivated win10. I have activated WIN10 on a USB setup stick that I can try to get it installed., but there are many people asking in the Panda Feedback questions if this is even possible. Saving $50.00 difference.
#10  
Hi DJ, is the direct connection to lattepanda work with the IoTiny ?
I don't find the "Serial/USB Connection" in the Advanced Tab of the web interface...
PRO
Synthiam
#11  
The iotiny doesn’t have the available uart rx for serial connection. Unfortunately the iotiny is limited to WiFi connectivity. 

I recommend an ezbv4 or even an arduino with a servo shield
#12  
Hi DJ, thanks for the precision. I will go with the EZB v4 then.
United Kingdom
#13  
hi dj i cant get ultrasonic to work useing lattepanda get message not supported on this ezb, is there a fix please , ps i love my robot tommy
#14   — Edited
Hello DJ & forum ... may i ask about the 4 step?

i can't understand where is the config button on the connection button, to enable DTR! 
can you help me please!:(
Germany
#16  
Hi DJ,

just a short question:

Can I use the LattePanda with installed ARC software for direct control of an EZ-B in areas where I will have no WLAN connection anymore ?

It will be a robot application, where no internet access is required.

Thanks in advance !

Cheers

Volker
#17  
Hello User, yes you can use EZB out anywhere when no internet because the Latte Panda can connect to the EZB's built in server, No other Wifi needed.
Germany
#18  
Hi Robo rad,

thanks a lot; good to read, indeed !

Do you have a link for a corresponding wiring between these two units ?
#19   — Edited
You don't need any cable or wire as both communicate through wireless EZB server wifi. Then when you do want to add a different home Wifi the EZB can be changed to client mode where Latte panda and EZB use the home wifi router. I Use both methods as i bring robot out to cottage where no Wifi, then use just EZB to connect with Panda wireless.
You can connect a cable to the Uart on the EZB but I have never tried that, DJ or Jeremie could chime in on that connection. Are you wanting to use windows 10 or the Arduino built in on the Panda,you can use both.
Germany
#20  
Hi robo rad,

it's for my XXL insect: What will be the pros and cons for the two options to connect a Lattepanda and an EZ-B ?

-   3-wire connection (as shown above)
-   EZ-B wifi hotspot

I guess, when using the hotspot I may circumvent these software changes in the EZ-B web configuration.

Thanks a lot for any hint !

Cheers

Volker
#21  
Yes the default ezb connection works great when you reset it and have no other Wifi . The Latte Panda does not even need to be on the robot but just near by for the wireless to EZB on the robot. I do this because the Latte Panda needs around 3---5 Amps to boot up to windows unless you follow DJ's tutorial how to run micro computers "headless" and other ways to run with less power. The EZB can run with just any 7.4 battery up to something like 16 volts I believe.Even 5 volts Jeremie told me with no extra servos attached.
Germany
#22  
Sure, a LattePanda does not need to be installed onboard ...

... but then I can also use my Toughbook (it's a CF-D1); a really solid control unit.


In a few weeks I will be confronted with the task to realise remote control for my insect.

Currently I do not see a direct way with Synthiam BLOCKLY.

Maybe I will use a surplus RC gear:

-   Low-pass filtering the outputs of the PWM receiver outputs (RC section with long time constant).
-   Connecting the resulting DC signals to ADC inputs of the EZ-B

Could work; at least worth a try !