ServoMaster: Reference Library
|Phidgets||CDN 30, CDN 18.75||1, 4||USB||QuadServo, UniServo, other good stuff there as well. Beware: the prices are in canadian dollars!|
|Phidgets USA||$24, $14.06||1, 4||Phidgets, Inc. US reseller|
|ASC||$11.875||8||USB||The servo controller is just a part of this device; if you need just the controller, better take Phidget - more functionality, third of the cost|
|Mini SSC II||$5.5||8||Serial||Stackable up to 2 controllers, or up to 32 with special order components|
|Servo Controller with Preset||N/A||12||Serial|
|Parallel Port Servo Controller||N/A||1||Parallel|
|Servo Controller with Torque Feedback||?||8||Stackable up to 8 controllers|
|Pololu Serial Servo Controller||$2.9375||16||Serial|
|Pololu USB Servo Controller||$5.0625||16||USB, Serial|
|Servo Controller for Robotic Applications||N/A||16||Serial|
|SV8, SV16||N/A||8, 16||Serial|
|Pontech SV203, SV203b/c||$7.735||8||Serial||B/C and B models offer additional functionality (for the price)|
|Parallax PSC||$2.4375||16||Serial||Stackable up to 2 controllers. Seems to be a very cost-efficient solution|
|Parallax USB||$2.4375||16||USB||Seems to be the most cost-efficient solution|
This is what you need to run ServoMaster:
These are included with the distribution - you don't have to download them separately:
- javax.usb is required to build and use USB controllers.
- Java SDK or JRE. All versions up to 1.4.2_04 are known to work. Version 1.5.0 doesn't work - currently it breaks at least one dependency (RxTx), and some of DalSemi code doesn't compile;
- libusb - required for Phidgets C++ implementation.
Ant, versions 1.5.1
ant-optional-full-1.5.1-3jpp RPMs, DZ up to
0.1p5) and 1.6.1 (no RPM, get the binary) are known to
NoteUnfortunately, distribution model chosen by Ant developers doesn't allow multiple versions of Ant to coexist on the same box. If you have the RPM installed, the binary won't work because it will try to read /etc/ant.conf and will fail.
- GNU autoconf, version 2.53 is known to work;
- GNU automake, version 1.4p6 is known to work;
- GNU libtool, version 1.3.5 is known to work;
- GNU make, almost any version is good (known to work with 3.79.1).
Following are the links that don't necessarily fit in any particular category, but do provide some insights:
- The Rise of "Worse is Better" By Richard Gabriel. Explains why mediocrity has better survival characteristics than perfection, using Unix's triumph over the Lisp Machines as an illustration;
- Electronic Gadgets for Radio Control - excellent collections of gadgets, circuits and links;
- The Luxury of Ignorance: An Open-Source Horror Story - this was a nice reality check...
- Designing a new controller board - as detailed as it gets;
- Servo City - my favorite shopping place (free delivery, last time I checked).