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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

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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

Step 2: Control Rover

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It's time to control the rover. We'll first simply use the keyboard to drive the rover.

  1. Connect to your Rover by WiFi, the same way you would use with your iPhone.
  2. Press Connect button in the Brookstone Rover control window in EZ-Builder
  3. In the Camera Control, select Brookestone Rover from the Video Device list
Now you should see the image from the Rover on your computer. Very cool :) It's time to drive this little robot around!
  1. Move your mouse cursor into the black box beneith the directional arrows in the Brookstone Rover control and click.
  2. You may now use the arrow keys to drive the rover forward, reverse, left and right.


*Note: The vertical slider on the right of directional arrows controls the speed.

 
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angpal591 year ago
Must be nobody comes here anymore.
angpal591 year ago
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.
angpal591 year ago
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.
ntc4901 year ago
Nice software! Here's a teardown for those who care - http://techbloginator.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/spytank-teardown/
oldmechanic2 years ago
I ****ing Love The rocver. isn't it so cool? what about controlling it with a PS3 Controller?
rmmarconi2 years ago
can the ez connect to my home access point?
i want to control the rover from the internet.
djsures (author)  rmmarconi2 years ago
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
djsures (author)  rmmarconi2 years ago
It sure can if you use the Wifi adapter instead of the Bluetooth. http://www.ez-robot.com/Tutorials/Hardware.aspx?id=22 :)

Gelfling62 years ago
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.
djsures (author)  Gelfling62 years ago
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