Anyone opened or hacked MiP yet?

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Gib
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Anyone opened or hacked MiP yet?

Hi,

 

MiP has been shipping for a few weeks now but I still have not seen any posts regarding mods or hacks!

 

I tried opening the case but even with all the screws removed I was not able to remove the back cover from the body because the lower portion of the case protrudes into the hub of the wheel. I tried removing the three screws from the wheel but was not able to disassemble the wheel. Anyone know how to get in without breakage?

 

Also does anyone know if it is possible to get to the operating system through the bluetooth interface?

 

MiP is a cool little guy but would be more fun if I could tweak his programming.

Thanks,

Gib

TehRSV2
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MiP still hasn't really struck RC yet.

Alexm
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You need to remove the screw cap cover on the outside of the wheel located in the centre, this will reveal the screw that holds the wheel on. Once this is removed the front and back shell should come easily apart.

Gib
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Thanks Alexm. The cap was a bit tough to get off but it does let you remove the wheel and open the case.

There is an unused blue 4 pin connector on the circuit board labeled UART1. Pins are labelled Gnd, Rx, Tx, and VCC6V. I will see if I can trace these connections back to an IC and identify their function. Or just try connecting to a USB port.

macegr
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I took the MiP apart and photographed most of the interesting parts: http://www.macetech.com/blog/node/126

macegr
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I will point out that the MiP lost its voice after being put back together, it could only manage the occasional croak. Took it back apart and discovered that one of the solder joints on the sound module was minimally present...dabbed some extra solder on it and the MiP was bleeping and blooping like new. I believe the stress of removing the PCB cracked a dry solder joint that barely managed to pass QA.

Zinladen
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Hi Guys , any Idea when the mip SDK will be released or any cool things you guys have done with him yet

Gib
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Hi all, I see Sparkfun has developed a couple of proto boards that mount on the back of MIP and connect to the open four pin connector.  Details are here:https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/hacking-the-mip---proto-backand here: https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/hacking-the-mip---proto-packThe first link shows a MIP at the bottom with what appears to be a beaglebone black attached and says it is using a web cam to track objects. Unfortunately no more details.MIP was developed by UCSD in partnership with Strawson Design, The Strawson Design site refers to a beaglebone cape that was demonstrated alongside MIP at CES 2014. In this video they talk about future add ons and customization options for MIP (14:45 mark):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvMA10NuZG8The code for the cape design is available on the Strawson site if anyone is interested: http://www.strawsondesign.com/#!manual-install        

Gib
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Sparkfun are now selling a promini controller board for the MIP available herehttps://www.sparkfun.com/products/13058Unfortunately the Github link they provide to the MiP-Library is broken.While searching Github for the Sparkfun link I found thishttps://github.com/WowWeeLabs/MiP-BLE-Protocol        with several useful  links at the bottom.