I’ll be leaving for Kuala Lumpur on the 7th for TechEd SEA and have 2 sessions to present there. While I’m there, they’ve asked me to present to the academia on Windows Mobile and Robotics. So I went out and got a Lego Mindstorm NXT set and went to the Brian Cross’s WiMoBot site for the assembly instructions.
The main bot chassis took me over an hour thanks to his clear instructions. The software however took me a while to get running. It has many moving parts.
- Lego NXT Code
- WiMo NETCF Code
- Robotic Studio DSS services
The way this works is you use a GUI designed to work with the Coordination and Concurrency Runtime (CCR) to communicate with the robotic studio Decentralized System Services (DSS) which in turn will talk to the Windows Mobile NETCF application on the phone via bluetooth. The NETCF app will use bluetooth to send instructions to the Lego NXT brick to execute the pre-installed RBT files to move the servos or receive signals from its sensors.
This is how my final WiMoBot looks like. And yes, that is an actual Windows Mobile 6 SDK CD.
*UPDATE* I’ve changed the phone from a HTC Cavalier to a HTC Star Trek to emphasize that a PHONE is powering this robot. The Clamshell form factor looks more like a phone than the QWERTY phone.