[Etoys] Fwd: Squeak, Etoys, Robots and Wiimote

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Tue Dec 30 18:10:26 EST 2008

Ricardo just posted about the great robotics projects in Argentina.  
Here's a translation of their Spanish blog:


- Bert -

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Ricardo Moran" <richi.moran at gmail.com>
> Date: 30. Dezember 2008 20:48:12 MEZ
> To: squeak-dev at lists.squeakfoundation.org
> Subject: [squeak-dev] Squeak, Etoys, Robots and Wiimote
> Reply-To: The general-purpose Squeak developers list <squeak-dev at lists.squeakfoundation.org 
> >
> Hi, for the past several months we (http://tecnodacta.com.ar/gira/?page_id=9 
> ) have been working on making Squeak and Etoys a suitable platform  
> for teaching robotics. We have made some progress and now we have  
> few robotic kits that can be controlled with Etoys. These packages  
> work reasonably well, but they still contain some bugs.
> SqueakNxt:
> SqueakNxt allows the user to control Lego Nxt robots (http://mindstorms.lego.com/ 
> ) over a Bluetooth serial port. It has an etoy interface and  
> supports the servo motors and also the four basic types of sensors  
> (light, touch, ultrasonic and sound). Currently we only have support  
> for communication with direct commands but we are starting to work  
> on a translator from a subset of smalltalk  to NBC (http://bricxcc.sourceforge.net/nbc/ 
> ). This will allow to execute Smalltalk programs on the NXT.
> You can get SqueakNxt from here: (http://www.squeaksource.com/SqueakNxt.html 
> ).
> To improve the performance we made a plugin that is available here: (https://sourceforge.net/projects/squeaknxtplugin/ 
> ).
> We have only tested SqueakNxt on Windows but if the SerialPort class  
> works I believe it may work on Linux as well.
> I-Sobot:
> I-Sobot is the world's smallest humanoid robot in production (http://www.isobotrobot.com/eng/ 
> ). This package allows the user to control the I-Sobot with Etoys  
> using a serial Lego IR Tower.
> You can download it from here: "http://www.squeaksource.com/ISobot.html 
> ".
> You also need the "sapien.dll" file. You can get it from here: "http://www.robotika.sk/mains.php?page=/projects/robsapien/ 
> ".
> RoboSapien:
> RoboSapien is a toy-like robot designed by Mark Tilden (http://www.wowwee.com/en/products/toys/robots/robotics/robosapiens:robosapien-v2 
> ). This package allows the user to control the RoboSapien v2 with  
> Etoys using a serial Lego IR Tower.
> You can download it from here: "http://www.squeaksource.com/Sapien.html 
> ".
> You also need the "sapien.dll" file. You can get it from here: "http://www.robotika.sk/mains.php?page=/projects/robsapien/ 
> ".
> RobotSoccer:
> This project allows the user to develop robot soccer teams capable  
> to compete in the Fira Simurosot game. Currently it supports only  
> virtual robots, but making it work with real robots may be trivial.
> This project is a bit more complex than the abovementioned because  
> it requires the user to program in Smalltalk. Robot Soccer is a  
> complex discipline so we believe Etoys is not good enough to develop  
> highly functional robot soccer teams.
> It is available here: "http://www.squeaksource.com/RobotSoccer.html".
> You are also going to need the RobotSoccer simulator (http://www.fira.net/soccer/simurosot/R_Soccer_v15a_030204.exe 
> ) and the proxy (http://tecnodacta.com.ar/gira/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/proxy.rar 
> ). The proxy is a team developed in c++ that uses sockets to  
> interact with any software platform, i.e. Squeak. As the simulator  
> only allows teams developed in Lingo or C++, we need the proxy to  
> link the simulator with Squeak.
> We have also a tutorial but it's written in Spanish, in case you are  
> interested here is the link: "http://tecnodacta.com.ar/gira/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/tutorial-de-futbol-de-robots-en-squeak.pdf 
> ".
> SqueakWiimote:
> This project is simply a FFI interface to the wiiuse library (http://www.wiiuse.net/ 
> ). It allows to interact with several Nintendo Wii remotes using  
> Squeak and/or Etoys. Although this project doesn't have anything to  
> do with robots, controlling the robots with the wiimote becomes easy  
> using Etoys. And it's fun!
> You can download it from here: "http://www.squeaksource.com/SqueakWiimote.html 
> ".
> You are also going to need the SqueakWiimote plugin (https://sourceforge.net/projects/squeakwiimotepl/ 
> ) and the wiiuse library (http://www.wiiuse.net/).

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