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64[sfrsa] Re: Windows or Stamp

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  • Mark Medonis
    Jan 10, 2000
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      Hello Dave-
      Your Windows machine is certainly powerful in many ways. However
      it is lacking in a few very important ways that impact robot building.

      The main thing is I/O. How do you have the PC turn a relay on/off, or
      turn a motor on/off? Or move a hobby servo? You would have to
      add on some extra hardware. The Stamp is ready to go to run a hobby
      servo, for example, just hook up the wires. Your PC would need some
      extra stuff, a custom circuit attached to the PC's serial port for instance.

      Mark Medonis

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: dave <thedaveness@...>
      To: <sfrsa@...>
      Sent: Monday, January 10, 2000 10:11 PM
      Subject: [sfrsa] Windows or Stamp

      > Hello everyone,
      > I was just about to start on my robot's Stamp brain (I don't have the
      > Stamp unit quite yet) when I started wondering if it would be
      > easier/more practical to design a windows based robot. I have a
      > laptop, which I'm pretty sure is powerful enough. (Pentium 133mhz
      > 80megs ram) I have almost no knowledge of visual basic or other PC
      > languages. However, I do have the materials to learn and am very
      > "computer literate." I was just curious whether I should go with
      > Windows based or Stamp based. I am open to either. Pros and Cons?
      > Opinions? Thanks mucho for any info, and I hope to be able to attend a
      > meeting if I get a break on histroy homework.
      > -Dave-
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