Archive for June 26th, 2007

Product Spotlight: Serializer WL .NET robot controller

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

It occurred to me recently that there may be some people who do not know how awesome the Serializer is. This is unacceptable. The Serializer WL is the newest robot control board from Robotics Connection, and it’s a nice all-in-one solution for anybody looking to dive into the sometimes intimidating realm of hobby robotics.

RS-232 Serializer Configuration
The Serializer

It’s features include:

  • Interchangeable communication modules (see below for details)
  • 6 servo outputs
  • 5 analog inputs (plus one to monitor supply voltage)
  • 2 H-bridge dc motor outputs
  • I2C port
  • 2 quadrature encoder inputs
  • TTL serial port
  • General purpose digital I/O ports

All that and more is crammed onto a 3.5″ x 3.75″ board. Cool! Now, let’s take a look at those interchangeable communication modules:

RS-232 Serial Interface Module
RS 232 (Included)
USB Serial Interface Module
USB
Bluetooth Serial Interface Module
Bluetooth
XBee Serial Interface Module
ZigBee

There they are. The DB-9 serial connector comes with the Serializer. A USB module is available for those of you with new-fangled laptops, or if you just like the convenience and versatility of USB. Best of all, two wireless options are available (Bluetooth and Zigbee), so you can finally make that un-tethered PC-controlled robot you’ve always wanted.

In addition to all of the great hardware features, the Serializer also has a very nice .NET API for all of you higher-level programmers out there. The Serializer also works with Microsoft Robotics studio, if that’s your thing! For more details, check out our Serializer WL product page.