The VEX Robotics System is a fun little toy you can pick up at radioshack stores or online. I have found this to be the perfect all around robotics platform. It makes things like controlling servos, reading sensors ( analog and digital ), controlling outputs, etc. incredibly easy.
I foresee a robot with a VEX controller running the online code to interface the hardware and a linux computer as the brain. This will keep all the 'thinking' off the controller and allow it to do its real job, controlling hardware.
Create a set of libraries or daemon to facilitate communication between a Vex controller running 'on-line' code and userspace applications (eg: a web based PHP/Ajax application). Over at the VEX forums, MarkO and others reverse engineered the Vex Online Code and have outlined the VEX Command Set. This is exactly what I needed to bring my ideas to life.
AC Power Supply
Build or modify existing AC adapter to power VEX controller.
- What would be the easiest and most portable language to use to write these libraries?
- Will jvex allow this?
- Are there already open source programs that do this?