Do you have a Brookstone Rover? If so, don't worry about having to use it with your iPhone any longer! Now you can control it from your computer with a Wii Remote, Joystick or your voice! You can even control the Rover from another location over the internet!

The camera on the rover does not have true-life colors, but in a well lit environment, it can also track colors... have the Rover chase a red ball :)

Below is a quick intro to the control you will be able to have over the Rover with the next few steps...

Step 1: EZ-Builder

You will require the latest version of EZ-Builder for this tutorial.
  1. Visit http://www.ez-robot.com/EZ-Builder to Download and Install EZ-Builder Robot Control Software
  2. Launch EZ-Builder from the Start Menu
  3. Select Add Controls from the top menu
  4. Select Brookstone Rover category
  5. Select Movement Panel from the sub menu

Now let's add the Camera device, so we can see what the Rover sees
  1. Select Add Controls from the top menu
  2. Select the Camera category
  3. Select Camera Device form the sub menu
<p> This is kind of a broad question but, this robot has a port that is used by brookstone for servicing and I was wondering what the brookstone company uses to program these things and would It be possible to hack this robot to your advantage. Like maybe reprogram it to go faster or use a different way of communication.</p>
<p>I noticed there are so many WiFi based Rover car available now on amazon. Can i use any WiFi based Rover instead of Brookstone to connect with EZ-Builder software? I wanted to use rover from the internet.. :(</p>
<p>cannt connect with new version anymore <br>is anyone have old version ? <br>URGENT :( </p>
Must be nobody comes here anymore.
Will the esplora joystick work with the rover? and if so, could someone please help a novice out with programming it, I would highly appreciate it.
Will ezbuilder work with the new rover 2.0 DJ?
I can connect to the rover 2.0 to the wifi, I just can't get ezbuilder to connect to it. The rover 2.0 is one awesome machine, they did a great job improving it from the first one.
Nice software! Here's a teardown for those who care - http://techbloginator.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/spytank-teardown/
I ****ing Love The rocver. isn't it so cool? what about controlling it with a PS3 Controller?
can the ez connect to my home access point? <br>i want to control the rover from the internet. <br>
Or, even better just run the EZ-Builder software on a local computer and connect to its built in HTTP Server: http://www.ez-robot.com/Tutorials/Help.aspx?id=48 or connect to it from another EZ-Builder copy: http://www.ez-robot.com/Tutorials/Help.aspx?id=171
It sure can if you use the Wifi adapter instead of the Bluetooth. http://www.ez-robot.com/Tutorials/Hardware.aspx?id=22 :) <br> <br>
I am curious, are there any internal pictures of the Brookstone rover? the general design, it looks an awful lot like the old Wild Planet/SpyGear Spy-TRAKR, before Wild Planet dropped marketing of it.. I'm wondering if it's internally the same, but with a different MCU link, for the iPhone App, where-as the TRAKR, had a simple remote with a small LCD/speaker, but the TRAKR had an SD-slot, 2 USB sockets (One type-A that they never developed, one Mini-5pin for connecting to a computer, to transfer small 'C' apps.) Look-up 'KRA5H', on here, he's made a few mods to the TRAKR, and pretty sure he'd be interested too.<br>
There is someone who modified their rover for the EZ-Robot platform and has inside pics: http://www.ez-robot.com/Community/Forum/posts.aspx?threadId=851

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