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Marque - need some help; skype is linked, but commands aren't sent
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Hi Marque-I finally have all my parts and began the testing procedure tonight (along with banging my head against the wall).Setup:1. iRobot Mac running 10.5.6 with USB-serial adapter. I confirmed the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Johnny Celenz Nov 24, 2009.

Can I use an older Mac Mini - PowerPC G4?
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I love this instructable, but the thing about DIY is it is supposed to be economical. The Mac Mini spec'd in this project are $500 on ebay vs. the older PowerPC g4's for $100.Will this setup and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marque Cornblatt Oct 4, 2009.

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Johnny Celenz replied to Brian's discussion Marque - need some help; skype is linked, but commands aren't sent
"Hi Brian, I think you are getting it mostly right. Sorry about the confusion on the name of the software. You make a Skype call connection and both the Skype plugins are printing call ## duration ##, that much you have gotten to work. On the…"
Nov 24, 2009
Brian replied to Brian's discussion Marque - need some help; skype is linked, but commands aren't sent
"Ok, but when i watched that one, it jumped very quickly through the skype API software...For instance, I was hoping to see the SkypeAPItest software switch to the Drive screen or at least see what both control and drive computer API screens should…"
Nov 24, 2009
Marque Cornblatt replied to Brian's discussion Marque - need some help; skype is linked, but commands aren't sent
"It's called "Sparky Jr.( 2 of 3)"
Nov 24, 2009
Marque Cornblatt replied to Brian's discussion Marque - need some help; skype is linked, but commands aren't sent
"check for videos in the tab at the top of the page. There is one just about the software set-up and connect."
Nov 24, 2009
Brian replied to Brian's discussion Marque - need some help; skype is linked, but commands aren't sent
"Thanks Marque. I would appreciate it if you can pass on my contact info to John. I want to get this working to demo in our elementary school and get kids interested in robotics. Also, do you think you could post a video that shows the step by step…"
Nov 24, 2009
Marque Cornblatt replied to Brian's discussion Marque - need some help; skype is linked, but commands aren't sent
"John C. know this software stuff better than me. I make sure he see your questions..."
Nov 24, 2009
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Marque - need some help; skype is linked, but commands aren't sent

Hi Marque-I finally have all my parts and began the testing procedure tonight (along with banging my head against the wall).Setup:1. iRobot Mac running 10.5.6 with USB-serial adapter. I confirmed the adapter is working and talking to icreate via zterm. Sparkyjr irobot server installed with Skype 2.82. joystick Mac running 10.5.8. SparkyJr joystick controller is installed with Skype 2.8Connection:1. Both Macs establish a successful skype video call.2. start irobot server on irobot mac and click…See More
Nov 21, 2009
Brian replied to Andrew Murray's discussion Can I use a Window laptop?
"I don't know if it is possible, but I am using a hackintosh...I haven't interfaced the irobot yet, but will try next week."
Oct 22, 2009
Brian replied to Michael Alves's discussion Can you used a hacked Roomba?
"Hey Michael- Were you able to mount the 4th wheel to the roomba 400? Thanks. Brian"
Oct 17, 2009
Marque Cornblatt replied to Brian's discussion Can I use an older Mac Mini - PowerPC G4?
"I encourage you to try any variation on our instructions you can come up with. We based our plans largely on materials we had on hand (that were also available to others) but ultimately this is YOUR robot. Take the code and re-write it for Windows,…"
Oct 4, 2009
Michael Alves replied to Brian's discussion Can I use an older Mac Mini - PowerPC G4?
"Johnny, I started to set up the software using my g4 mac mini, but ran into some problems. When I try to run SparkyJoystick and SkypeSparkySever--I got the "not supported on this architecture" message. This probably means that it…"
Oct 3, 2009
Brian replied to Brian's discussion Can I use an older Mac Mini - PowerPC G4?
"Ok, I have an idea (small rant here: I hate paying mac prices). So, a thought occurred to me yesterday, build a hacintosh! At newegg, we can pickup a Intel ATOM (dual core 1.6ghz) for about $109 in a case, plus about $17 for memory and bam!…"
Oct 2, 2009
Brian replied to Michael Alves's discussion Can you used a hacked Roomba?
"Michael- Can you add the 4th wheel to the Roomba 400? The iCreate comes with a 4th wheel for added stability and I was wondering if you have thought about this. Brian"
Oct 2, 2009
Michael Alves replied to Brian's discussion Can I use an older Mac Mini - PowerPC G4?
"No ideas as of yet. Though, I am going through with using the PowerPC G4 Mac Mini. We will see what results we get."
Oct 1, 2009
Johnny Celenz replied to Brian's discussion Can I use an older Mac Mini - PowerPC G4?
"Hello, We have tried a PowerPC Mini. It "works", sort of. A 5+ second lag develops shortly after starting a Skype call. This means any robot movement commands or video conferencing will be significantly delayed. It becomes like driving…"
Sep 28, 2009
Michael Alves replied to Brian's discussion Can I use an older Mac Mini - PowerPC G4?
"A G4 Mac Mini will meet the Skype requirements listed here (and below). However, I can't find the system requirements for the other software: Sparky Jr. Joystick installer Sparky Jr. iRobot Server installer Sparky Jr. source code page…"
Sep 28, 2009

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