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Re: [beam] Re: it seems like microcontrollers would be better on walkers

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  • Tom Blitch
    ... They Both have thier strongpoints. However BEAM is BEAM not microcontrollers, but I think Microcontrollers would be great in BEAM for adding extra levels
    Message 1 of 16 , Dec 31, 2003
      --- Greybeard <grayed@...> wrote:
      > --- In beam@yahoogroups.com, Jonathan Challinger
      > <Jonathan@p...>
      > wrote:
      > > it seems like microcontrollers would be better
      > then microcores on
      > beam walkers
      >
      > Bruce Robinson wrote:
      > > What's a stamp cost, anyway. The microcore parts
      > came to $1.25 US
      > just the microcore -- no drivers, no voltage
      > regulator).
      >
      > 1. COST
      > * BS2 is about $80 Cdn, HVW Stamp Stack at
      > Solarbotics is about $45
      > Cdn.
      > * BEAM parts are mostly free, thanks to nice
      > electronics companies
      > who send out samples, and thanks to my two years' of
      > harvesting
      > components from electrojunk
      >
      > > Don't you need a PC and software to program your
      > chip? Is that
      > really simpler?
      >
      > 2. EASE of USE
      > * I converted a prototype Sumovore (from a workshop
      > last May) into
      > a room rover; this was a hardware hack that took
      > probably five hours
      > and used parts from the bits bin, cost virtually
      > nothing.
      > * I converted my final-version Sumovore into a room
      > rover. Cost was
      > about $100 for BS2 brainboard and controller. I
      > was pleasantly
      > surprised to find that the serial cable from my
      > BOE-bot converted
      > easily to program the Sumovore, using an extra part
      > that Solarbotics
      > kindly included with the brainboard kit. The actual
      > time to write
      > and debug the code was only a couple of hours, even
      > for a
      > beginner like me, therefore the microcontroller was
      > far easier!
      > <hee, hee>
      >
      > Now, I'm not entirely being fair. I enjoyed the
      > hardware hack and
      > got far more satisfaction from it; yet all of my
      > BEAM work helped me
      > understand how the Sumovore worked so that I could
      > reprogram it
      > easily. In point of fact, though, I was amazed at
      > how much simpler
      > the second rover was compared to the first.
      >
      > But oh! what a difference in cost. Ouch, ouch,
      > ouch.
      >
      > This has been a good thread, guys. Thanks for all
      > the interesting
      > contributionsand perspectives.
      >
      > Keep BEAMing and dreaming
      > Tom
      >
      >
      >
      They Both have thier strongpoints. However BEAM is
      BEAM not microcontrollers, but I think
      Microcontrollers would be great in BEAM for adding
      extra levels of behavior.

      =====
      Tom Blitch

      http://www.CircuitStampede.tk



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