How do I make my Dobot Magician talk to a VEX Cortex?
It’s called handshaking and it is probably one of the more difficult tasks when working with robots and machines. We use an optical isolator so as not to damage any of the equipment with incompatible voltages, so be sure to see the website for the wiring diagrams. Watch this four minute video to see how it’s done!
What’s the proper way to actually get my Dobot Magician to connect to my computer? What software is required? Is it expensive?
Number one, the software is free and it is called Dobot Studio. I am told it always will be, and it is updated regularly. You can install it on as many computers as you wish. Did I mention it is free? As for start up procedure, it is very easy. just watch the short one minute video clip below. A couple other things while we are at it…. be sure that the power supply power cord is plugged in all the way; this is a common reason for not connecting. Also please heed the warning below and NEVER plug inputs or outputs into the robot while it is powered “ON”.
Never connect or disconnect inputs or outputs to the robot while it is powered up or connected to the software. Damage to the robot will result!
So you’re having a hard time making all those train parts? Watch the tutorials below to see how Jim does them. I find some of the methods he uses makes it easier to understand, especially with the cow catcher. He also uses different techniques, so you may actually end up learning something. Thanks Jim!