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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Windows 8.1 for Robotics Application

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/bg184615.aspx

The Windows 8.1 Runtime now provides native support for Human Interface Devices (HID), Universal Serial Bus (USB), and Bluetooth connectivity.

Besides that, it also provides support for Point-of-sales (P.O.S), 3D Printers, Scanners devices.

All these are done through the APIs grouped under the following namespaces:
  • Windows.Devices.HumanInterfaceDevice
  • Windows.Devices.USB
  • Windows.Devices.Bluetooth.Rfcomm
  • Windows.Devices.PointOfService
  • Windows.Devices.Scan
For example, using these new APIs for Windows 8.1 runtime, the open sourced Lego Mindstorms EV3 API for Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT 8.1 was developed.

http://legoev3.codeplex.com/


In other words, this suggests the single greatest merit of Windows 8.1 runtime for WinRT is that it is as powerful as Windows desktop platform.

Basically, the Lego Mindstorms EV3 is a controller for Lego - a controller is basically a micro-computer (motherboard, microprocessor and I/O) which can be program to take input data and process output result.

In robotics application, we can use the controller to serve as the body and brain of a robot, sensors such as vision as the input and the limbs (hands and legs) as the outputs.

https://channel9.msdn.com/posts/LEGO-Mindstorms-EV3-API

The LEGO Mindstorms EV3's sensors consist of Touch Sensor, Colour Sensor and Infrared Sensor; it caters for USB and Bluetooth connectivity from a remote devices such as Windows PC, Windows Phone or Windows RT tablet.



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