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by Kevin
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: Spirit Technical Discussion
Topic: How to.... interface the RPi with spirit board
Replies: 5
Views: 145

Re: How to.... interface the RPi with spirit board

The Pi's I2C hardware has some bugs. This is apparently related to the chip used on the Pi and it caused all kinds of problems and hassles getting things to work correctly. For most of the Pi to Pic I2C communications, we need to add a slight delay (I think it's a few microseconds if I remember corr...
by Kevin
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Spirit Technical Discussion
Topic: How to.... interface the RPi with spirit board
Replies: 5
Views: 145

Re: How to.... interface the RPi with spirit board

As soon as we finish shipping I'll have a proper guide with a library for the Pi so everyone can start to really play with this. Thanks for sharing!!

-Kevin
by Kevin
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Ringo Basics
Topic: Upload Error
Replies: 2
Views: 68

Re: Upload Error

Glad you got it working. :) We didn't make the unit turn on automatically as sometimes someone may want to just let it charge over night without the program constantly running. It makes it charge faster as well.

Thanks!
-Kevin
by Kevin
Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Wink Basics
Topic: Cannot see USB port
Replies: 2
Views: 40

Re: Cannot see USB port

Hello astrodad78- I think it's possible you have the wrong version of the FTDI driver. I'm going from memory here, but I don't think I've ever heard of D2xxHelper, and I don't recall reading an installation guide from them. This is the link where I believe (at least as of recently) you could get the...
by Kevin
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Spirit Technical Discussion
Topic: PI LED on Spirit board is off
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Re: PI LED on Spirit board is off

The PiUp LED is kind of a general purpose LED. I was going to have it turn on any time the Pi was up and talking to the rest of the board, but that's not actually implemented. The PiUp LED can be manually controlled from code and we do test function of all 3 LEDs, so unless something slipped through...
by Kevin
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Spirit Technical Discussion
Topic: spirit rover ... goes backwards.
Replies: 7
Views: 233

Re: spirit rover ... goes backwards.

This is strange. Normally when we have one of our Wink/Ringo robots drive backward, it's because the polarity is reversed, or the motors are reversed. Is it possible the connector you think is going to the left motor is actually going to the right motor? It's easy to get those wires mixed up when co...
by Kevin
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Spirit Technical Discussion
Topic: Buzzing noise.
Replies: 4
Views: 140

Re: Buzzing noise.

Hello eldaria, Some buzz is okay. Sometimes when a servo is trying to set to a specific point it will buzz if there is resistance on it. Make sure you did the servo centering step correctly before attaching the gripper arms. When in the default position with the arms open, they shouldn't press again...
by Kevin
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Spirit Technical Discussion
Topic: Rpi controlling the pic : how do they communicate?
Replies: 3
Views: 152

Re: Rpi controlling the pic : how do they communicate?

Hey guys. I'm trying to get some Pi code up soon. It's pretty easy to do once the code is there. Been busy trying to get the robots out. :D
by Kevin
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Spirit Technical Discussion
Topic: How to... newb
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: How to... newb

I had pretty good luck with the little screwdriver included with standard eye glasses repair kits. Most of the stores around our area have them and they're fairly inexpensive. Having some good narrow tweezers is a big help as well. They are kid of expensive for tweezers, but I'm a big fan of the Twe...
by Kevin
Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Wink Basics
Topic: broken motor
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: broken motor

Hello Lewis,

I sent an email back from a second email address. Let me know if it arrives okay.

Our return repair address is:

Plum Geek LLC
229 E. Reserve St. #102
Vancouver, Wa 98661

Thanks!
-Kevin