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With this program you can connect many of your robots to your computer via USB and thus transfer programs and use some functions of your robots. For example, the »Open Roberta Connector« has a built-in serial monitor for the micro:bit, Calliope mini and many other robots.

The new "Open Roberta Connector" is a further development of the old "Open Roberta USB" program and connects the program for the EV3 with the program for the NAO. It also supports other microcontrollers like the Arduino, Calliope mini and micro:bit.

Installation

First we will install the program on your computer. Just follow the steps for your operating system.

Windows 10

We only tested the following steps under Windows 10, but it should work roughly the same with Windows 7 or 8. Some buttons or labels might be at a different position though.

  1. Follow this Link and download the file »OpenRobertaConnectorSetupEN-vx.y.z.msi«. The »x.y.z« stands for the version number, it is always a good idea to choose the newest one, i.e. the highest one.
  2. Now press »Save file«.
  3. Go to your "Downloads" folder and double-click the downloaded file to run it.
  4. Now the installer opens and guides you through the rest of the installation. There is nothing special to consider.
    1. When you start the program for the first time, the following window will appear, just confirm this so that the connector can connect to the Internet.

The program is now installed and ready to run.

MacOS

  1. Follow this Link and download the file »OpenRobertaConnectorMacOSX-vx.y.z.tar.gz«. The »x.y.z« stands for the version number, so it is always a good idea to choose the newest one, i.e. the highest one.

  2. Search for »OpenRobertaConnectorMacOSX-vx.y.z.tar.gz« in your download directory.

  3. Right click on the file and select »Open with installer«.

  4. During the installation you have to agree in some places by clicking on »yes« or »continue«.

  5. After the installation you will find the program »OpenRobertaUSB« in Apps. Start the program with a double click.

Linux

  1. Follow this Link and download the file »OpenRobertaConnectorLinux-vx.y.z.tar.gz«. The »x.y.z« stands for the version number, so it is always a good idea to choose the newest one, i.e. the highest one.

  2. Search for »OpenRobertaConnectorLinux-vx.y.z.tar.gz« in your download directory.

  3. Extract the contents of this file and remember the destination folder.

  4. Now start the script »install.sh« with the command

    sudo install.sh

    This will install the »Open Roberta Connector« on your computer.

  5. The program is completely installed and can be found in your apps.



Usage of the Connector

There are several applications for this program, but the two main applications are transferring programs from your computer to your robot and monitoring the serial monitor.

Transfer of programs

This point differs slightly from robot to robot, so we have created a separate entry for each robot on its "Programming" page, or will do so in the future.

Serial Monitor

If you want to use the block "Show on serial monitor" in your program, you want to display this output as well. To do this, simply follow these steps

  1. Connect your robot to your computer via USB
  2. Open the Open Roberta Connector program and select your robot.
  3. Now click on the type of your robot and select "Serial Monitor".
  4. Now you only have to select the so-called "Baudrate" of your robot, so that the messages of your robot also arrive at your computer. As a little help we have collected the baudrates of the different robots for you:
SystemBaudrate
Calliope mini115200
micro:bit115200
Arduino Uno9600

Arduino Nano

9600
Arduino Mega9600
mBot9600
senseBox9600

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