Seems like a pretty good thing....You should find out if you get their FreeRTOS source code. That way you can expand on their operating system.
Hi Jesse. Thanks for the response. I don't know what that FreeRTOS is.
BUt I will definitely keep an eye out for that term and ask about it. It sounds like the programming is really customizable though and they use all different types and share codes in their message board for all different kinds of applications. So, hopefully they have that.
I'm using the open source FreeRTOS kernel on my Atmega128 and it works just fine (I've only got 35k of program right now but that is kernel included). So if you do get this and need help with the kernel let me know.
That would be awsome. I know less than zero about programming. I have wanted to learn more about it for awhile but it is so complex and abstract and confusing I seriously don't even know where to start. So that would be a lifesaver. Thank you!
The application board appears to be the board that has all the terminals for easy prototyping. If you don't want to spend alot of time soldering and/or making your own application board, I think it's a pretty good investment.
Yeah.. I'm kind of torn on that. I want to make this project very custom and as streamlined as possible in case I try to sell it later, somehow. But I think it will be easier to learn if it's prefabricated. So I am trying to find the best balance. This looks pretty good. This seems pretty small and doesn't have a ton of extras that I don' think I'll need like most I have seen. I only need to control 2 DC motors and connect to 2 encoders. Though I do need to use 2 highresolution encoders so I hope it works with them.
If you are not worried about size (it wouldn't fit in my robot) it sounds like a solid controller to start with. I haven't ever used an Arm of this type, but if it's from atmel it's going to be worth the money (at least for the processor). I'm not to keen on their OSC protocol but you probably don't have to use it if you don't want to.
This board definitely gets my endorsement though. If I wasn't into the gumstix/robostix I would probably use this to integrate into a Linux bot of some sort.
That's great. So it's a good one! Thanks so much, Jesse. That really helps me focus my attack.
I'll keep reading on that message board and register and ask some more questions on there.
I checked out the controllers you are using. Those look really cool. Tiny little things. Could you post some links to discussions of the project you are working on? I'd like to see what you are using and making.