Since I upgraded my RSMedia to RSMV2 software I have been playing with networking over the serial port.....and I am VERY exicted to say that it is working really well.
I have it setup so that as RSMedia boots it will connect using PPP over the serial port to Windows PPP server. Once the connection is made you can create mulitple telnet connections from windows and get access to the linux console on the robot. At the same time I can also use the browser to see multiple web pages from RSMedia. (RSMedia is running the 'webs' webserver which can serve web pages. ) I have written a basic webpage (and a CGI-bin program) to allow some robot actions to be triggered from the webpage (eg ,dance, wave and say something using Text To Speech).
Here are some screen shots:
The Telnet console:
The Test Webpage:
All the setup and programs needed for the RSMedia are all started from the rsupdate script as the robot boots.
Theres a zipfile with all the needed files at the RSMedia Robot Development Kit project on SourceForge. Click here to download them.
It includes detailed docs on setting it all up , including setting up Windows PPP server (The instructions are for WIndows XP. Connecting via PPP will also be supported on Windows Vista, Win7 and Linux - but the setup will be different!!)
1)Write some more web pages/cgi-bin/java script todo some cool things:
-Should be fairly easy to trigger almost any bodycon/robot command/macro from buttons on a webpage.
- Could a webpage that does most of the function of the remote.
- Could make a Webpage to show a jukebox to play music/playlists on RSMedia
- Improved screen capture and then display the pics on a webpage.
2)Also now this is working well, I maybe able to go back to trying it over USB (instead of serial). Then anyone can use it without needing the serial hack!!