May 28, 2011
Excuse me for jumping ahead of myself but I won't have access to tools or workspace for about a year so I'm trying to do as much planning as I can. I'm intending on starting at the start-here robot and build up something that is controlled wirelessly and has some autonomous functions. Eventually I would like to add a camera
So this is the control flow that I'm thinking of using...
Wireless USB gamepad
xBee USB Explorer
...and finally my questions are:
1. Which board should I invest in? There seem to be pros and cons with both the Picaxe and Arduino boards. Does one integrate with wireless control more easily, is one more suited to what I'm eventually aiming at?
2. What language would you recommend for the laptop control it will need to scan for input from the USB gamepad and/or keyboard and send instructions to the xBee as well as provide a basic GUI? I've done some low level C stuff years ago as well as web programming so I'm basically going to have to learn as I go with a new language.